Stem. - Six inches to a foot high, sparingly branched above, leafy to the top. Leaves. - Oblong-linear. Flowers. - Growing in round or oblong heads which are somewhat clover-like in appearance, bright pink or almost red, occasionally paler. Calyx. - Of five sepals, three of which are small and often greenish, while the two inner ones are much larger and colored like the petals. Corolla. - Of three petals connected with each other, the lower one keel-shaped. Stamens. - Six or eight. Pistil. - One. (Flowers too difficult to be analyzed by the non-botanist.)
This pretty little plant abounds in moist and also sandy places, growing on mountain heights as well as in the salt meadows which skirt the sea. In late summer its bright flower-heads gleam vividly through the grasses, and from their form and color might almost be mistaken for pink clover. Occasionally they are comparatively pale and inconspicuous.