Perennial with puberulent foliage from a branched caudex, forming loose mats. Stems trailing to ascending, 10–40 cm. Leaves sessile, linear, erect, 15–25 mm long. Inflorescence a few-flowered, linear-bracted, open cyme, rarely 1-flowered. Flowers: calyx 25- to 30-veined, 8–17 mm long, glabrous; petals pink, the blade 4–9 mm long. Capsule 12–13 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Roadsides, sagebrush steppe; valleys. Much of temperate N. America. Introduced from Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this species or genera where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus occidentalis
(Thorp et al. 1983).