Upright or prostrate. Stems weak and often curved, may be branched, with straight stiff hairs. Leaves alternate. Basal leaves egg-shaped; stem leaves oval or lance-shaped. Inflorescence consists of numerous flowers in coil that extends as plant matures. Flowers on short stalks, very small, only slightly exceeding the calyx, with few straight hairs, tubes with 5 flat lobes. Grows in moist open places, shallow fresh water, from sea level to mid elevations. Circumboreal.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
- Life Cycle: Annual, Biennial, Perennial
- Height: 2--12 inches
- Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, Subalpine, East-Side Forest, Lake/Pond
- Found In: Olympic Np, West Gorge, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes