- It's about 8 inches high,
- Grows in small, sprawling clumps, maybe 1 foot across, with multiple clumps growing close to one another.
- Single evergreen needles,
- The flowers are pink and white (I've seen them blooming throughout the month of July)
- I have found it high in the mountains of Idaho, above 9000 feet, growing on mostly open, and mostly flat, south facing slopes among whitebark pine, engleman spruce, and subalpine fir in dry soil, but very close to lakes or springs.
It's a mountain heath or heather, Phyllodoce empetriformis, a native perennial shrubby plant which has,variously, pale pink to deep pink to, occasionally, mauve-pink bell shaped flowers throughout summer. Classed as an alpine or sub alpine plant, likes acid soil conditions and prefers damp soil http://www.flora.dempstercountry.org/0.Site.Folder/Species.Program/Species.php?species_id=Phyllo.empe