Prostrate or erect annual. Leaves on stems, stipules at base with bristles on upper edge. Leaflets 1/2–2 in., linear to egg-shaped. Flower head tiny to 1 in. wide, with many flowers except on smallest plants, supported by partly fused bracts with sharp tips. Flower pink-purple or deep red with white tip. Grows on soils heavy and wet in spring, sometimes with serpentine rock, below 5000 ft.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Early Spring-Mid Summer
- Life Cycle: Annual
- Height: 4--8 inches
- Habitat: Vernal Wet, Meadow
- Found In: Siskiyous, East Gorge
- Native: Yes