Small shrub. Leaves tiny, needle-like, with very sharp tips, living leaves clustered at tips of branches, persisting, turning black on lower parts of stems after dying. Flowers with funnel-shaped tube, white to salmon pink with purplish shading, opening in evening, continuing next day only with cloud cover. Grows in rocky open places, shrub-steppe, open dry forests, subalpine talus or granite slopes, in high deserts at all elevations.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Early Spring-Mid Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 4--24 inches
- Habitat: Subalpine, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
- Found In: Crater Lake Np, Steens, Great Basin
- Native: Yes