Stem erect, branched. Lower stem smooth, with outer layer peeling, some rigid hairs on upper stem. Leaves lance-shaped, mostly alternate, folded at midvein, to 2 in. long, deciduous at bloom time. Flowers pinkish purple to white, held on upper branches, variable in size. Grows in dry soils in woodlands, grassy areas, along roads, at all elevations. Extremely variable species, particularly in terms of flower size.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring-Mid Summer
- Life Cycle: Annual
- Height: 1--6 feet
- Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Disturbed, Shrub-Steppe
- Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np
- Native: Yes