NOTE: This text is a replacement for the text originally published on July 28. We had misidentified the plant in the photo, as Empetrum nigrum, as you can see from the unedited comments. Sorry for the confusion.
Lysimachia maritima (synonym Glaux maritima) is an herbaceous perennial of the Primulaceae which is widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere. Low and spreading, it forms mats to 5 cm tall. The plant is somewhat succulent. Common names include, sea milkwort, sea milkweed, and black saltwort.
Flowers appear from late spring through the end of summer and have 5 pink sepals rather than petals. The common name saltwort indicates its tolerance for salty environments. The fleshy leaves hold fresh water to help it thrive in these conditions. Its low spreading form and succulent leaves are in fact also tolerant of wind, cold and dampness. Lysimachia maritima is even found in alkaline meadows in desert regions in Utah.