Erect stem with mostly basal pairs of leaves. Leaves divided into 3–7 nearly round, entire or finely toothed leaflets. Inflorescence consists of tight heads of pink or white flowers atop stem. Flower tube opens to 5 lobes, more or less equal, 3 stamens and long pistil extending outward. Grows in moist woods, streamsides, from near sea level to subalpine. Distinguished from V. sitchensis, which has mostly smooth leaf margins, fewer stem leaves, flowers more often pink than white.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Early Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 6--20 inches
- Habitat: Coastal, Meadow, West-Side Forest, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Alpine
- Found In: Mt. Rainier Np, Olympic Np, West Gorge, Siskiyous, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes