The leaves of Mountain Heather superficialy look like pine needles. They are actually normally formed leaf blades with the margins rolled downward and tightly appressed to the lower surface. A colorful umbel-like cluster of flowers terminates the short erect branches. The broad bell-shaped flowers are divided into five shallow lobes surrounding 10 stamens and a style that project beyond the corolla margin. The scientific name of this species honors William H. Brewer (1828-1910), geologist and botanist who led numerous field parties for the California State Geological Survey from 1860 to 1864.
DISTRIBUTION: Moist rocky subalpine slopes and meadows from the southern High Cascade and Sierra Nevada Ranges to the San Bernardino Mts.; 1200-3500 m.