A little bit of a plant, growing from two to six inches high, either single or often forming dense little mats in waste places and along roadsides where the soil is dry and sandy, from Nova Scotia to Virginia, and Ohio. It has also been introduced into California and Oregon. It is a native of Europe and Asia. The rather fleshy, flat leaves are very small and narrow. They are arranged in pairs, and are sheathed at the joint. The five concave petals of the tiny flower are bright pink in colour, and several yellow-tipped stamens are set effectively within the corolla. The tips of the five-parted green calyx just show at the edge of the blossom. One or two flowers open at a time throughout the summer. The Salt Marsh Sand Spurry or Seaside Sandwort, S. marina, is a similar species, having numerous, lighter coloured flowers. The stalk is much branched, and grows from four to eight inches high. The leaves are very fleshy and the roots are fibrous. It is found in salt marshes along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and in saline regions of the interior, during the summer.