Stems procumbent or decumbent, rooting at the nodes. Leaves 3-6 cm, broadly ovate, acute, rather fleshy, usually purplish beneath, glabrous except for some cilia at the mouth of the sheath. Cymes few-flowered; pedicels 1-2 cm, slender. Sepals up to 9 mm, lanceolate, glabrous except for pubescent midrib. Petals up to 12 mm, narrowly ovate, white or pale lilac.
Naturalized in shady places in S.W. Europe.