Plants perennial. Stems ascending, infrequently procumbent, unbranched to few branched, elongate, often whitish, viscid-puberulent to glandular-pubescent. Leaves: petiole 1–4.5 cm; blade lanceolate to elliptic-oblong, 2.5–5 × 0.5–3 cm, margins entire to ± repand and undulate, adaxial surface glabrous, abaxial surface glabrous or puberulent. Inflorescences: peduncle longer than subtending petiole; bracts ovate, 4–8 × 2–5 mm, papery, apex acute to acuminate, glandular-pubescent, sometimes villous basally; flowers 15–30. Perianth: tube greenish, 8–16 mm, limb pale pink to light magenta, 5–7 mm diam. Fruits turbinate, 4–17 × 3–5 mm, scarious, apex broadly obtuse and beaked; wings 5, thin walled, truncate and conspicuously dilated distally, dilations as wide as long and flattened perpendicular to plane of lamina, cavities extending throughout.
Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Calcareous or gypseous, clay or silty soils, shrublands
Elevation: 1000-1600 m
Colo., N.Mex., Tex.