What the Wild Pink lacks in height, it more than makes up in a wealth of lively colour which gleams from the crevices of rocky banks in dry, open woods during May. It is a low, tufted perennial, growing only from four to ten inches high. The upper part of the plant is sticky and hairy. The hairy edged foot leaves are long and narrow, becoming wider toward the suddenly pointed apex, and tapering at the base into broad stems. The smaller upper leaves are seated directly upon the stalk in pairs and are pointed-oblong or lance-shaped. The beautiful pink flowers are an inch broad, and several are gathered in a rather broad, flat-topped, terminal cluster, forming an attractive, glowing mass which may be seen for quite a distance. The deep, narrow, tubular calyx is covered with very fine, sticky hairs. The five flaring, rose-pink petals are wedge-shaped, with notched tips. They taper into narrow, pointed claws which sit within the calyx. The flower has ten stamens and a pistil. This species is found from April to June in dry, sandy, gravelly, or rocky soil, and ranges from Maine to Georgia and Kentucky.