Plants many branched, with crowded shoots forming cushions. Flowering stem 0.8-2.5 cm, glandular hairy, leafy. Shoot leaves aggregated into a rosette, oblong to subspatulate, 4-7 × 1.3-2 mm, leathery, both surfaces glabrous, chalk glands 5, margin denticulate-ciliate proximally or glabrous, apex recurved, obtuse. Cauline leaves lanceolate-oblong, 3.5-5 × ca. 1 mm, chalk gland 1, margin glandular hairy proximally, apex obtuse or acute. Cyme
(2 or)3- or 4-flowered, rarely flower solitary; branches ca. 1 cm. Sepals erect, purple, oblong to sublanceolate, 2-3 × 1-1.4 mm, abaxially and marginally sparsely glandular pilose, veins 3, not confluent at apex, apex acute. Petals usually pink, obovate, ca. 5 × 2.5-3.3 mm, 5-veined, base gradually narrowed into a short claw, apex obtuse. Stamens 3-3.5 mm. Ovary semi-inferior; styles 1.5-2.2 mm. Fl. Jun-Aug. 2n = 26.
Caespitose herb. Basal leaves densely imbricate, 4-7 x 1-2 mm, oblong, apex flattened, pitted. Cauline leaves linear-oblong to spathulate, glandular. Flowers usually 3, in corymbs, grey-purple. Peduncle 2.5 cm long. Sepals oblong, obtuse, glandular. Petals obovate, cuneate at the base. Styles long, divergent, recurved at the top. Capsule globoid.