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It is a low-growing, densely or loosely matted plant growing up to 5 centimetres (2.0 in) high, with somewhat woody branches of creeping or trailing habit close to the surface. The leaves are small, rounded, scale-like, opposite in 4 rows, with ciliated margins. The flowers are solitary on short stalks, petals purple or lilac, much longer than the calyx lobes. It is one of the very first spring flowers, continuing to flower during the whole summer in localities where the snow melts later. The flowers grow to about 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) in diameter. It grows in all kinds of cold temperate to Arctic habitats, usually found from sea level up to 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), in many places colouring the landscape. It is a popular plant in alpine gardens, though difficult to grow in warm climates.
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