Mat with ascending stems. Leaves oblong, less than 1 in. long, hairless or with small straight hairs along edge, entire or with few teeth, crowded in pairs below and rosette at stem top. Flowers 2–10 in tight clusters on branched leafless stalks above foliage; 5 round petals open out flat from funnel-shaped tube, deep pink or rose fading to lighter. Blooms soon after snowmelt at higher elevations. Grows in moist rocky bluffs, talus slopes and ledges, from coast to alpine. The genus is named for David Douglas, Scottish botanist who explored the Northwest extensively in the early 1800s.
- Rarity: Rare
- Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 2--6 inches
- Habitat: Coastal, Alpine, Subalpine
- Found In: N Cascades Np, Mt. Rainier Np, Olympic Np
- Native: Yes