Stems forming dense, soft mats; branches lax, tips ascending. Leaves divergent, not imbricate; blade linear-oblong, 3-5 × 1-2 mm, apex obtuse to broadly acute. Pedicels to 1 cm, barely exceeding leaves at anthesis. Flowers erect to horizontal; sepals oblong-ovate, ca. 3 mm; corolla white or tinged with pink, ca. 6 × 5 mm, lobes distinct for ca. 1/2+ their lengths, tips not recurved; stamens to 3 mm. Capsules 4-5 mm diam. Flowering Jun-Aug. Alpine meadows, rocky slopes, subalpine or alpine; 0-1900 m; B.C., Yukon; Alaska, Wash.; Asia.