Synonyms: E. alpinum var. nutans Other names: Nomenclature: hornemannii = named after Hornemann Nativity / Invasiveness: Montana native plant
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General: perennial, spreading by rhizomes and stolons. Stems with creeping bases, becoming erect, usually simple but occasionally with a few basal branches, 15-30 cm tall, mostly hairless below and crisp-hairy in lines above, but usually glandular-short-hairy in the flower cluster.
Leaves: opposite, ovate to lanceolate, 1.5-5 cm long, usually about equally spaced, stalkless to short-stalked, entire or with few, shallow teeth.
Flowers: deep pink or lilac-rose, with 4 notched petals, 5-8 mm long. Few flowers on stem tops, nodding to erect, on stalks 0.5-5 cm long. Sepals 1.5-6 mm long, hypanthium 1-2 mm long, stigma entire.
Fruits: linear capsules, 3-5 cm long. Seeds about 1 mm long, covered with tiny bumps, the hair tuft dirty white.
Moist banks and rocks, talus slopes, and mountain meadows, often above timber line, in w. and c. parts of MT. Also from AK to CA and CO.
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