Bot. Beechey Voy., 398. 1840
Stems ± slender, usually branching, 1–4 dm. Leaves: basal persistent, 1–4 dm; blade lanceolate, tapering at base, flat; cauline bractlike. Inflorescences ± umbellate, 1–several-flowered. Flowers erect or spreading; perianth open, campanulate; sepals 10–15 mm; petals white to pinkish or purplish, obovate, 12–25 mm, adaxial surface densely hairy, margins ciliate; glands bordered proximally by ciliate membrane, distally by short hairs; anthers lanceolate, apex acute to apiculate. Capsules nodding, winged, oblong, 2–3 cm. Seeds deep purple, dark brown in age, irregular. 2n = 20.
Phenology: Flowering mid spring–mid summer.
Habitat: Open grassy slopes or in woods, often on poor, dry soil
Elevation: 0–2000 m
Calif., Oreg., Wash.