Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations throughout Washington, but mostly east of the Cascades; occurring throught much of western North America, the upper Midwest, and northeastern U.S.
Habitat: Disturbed areas.
Origin: Introduced from Mediterranean region
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Taprooted perennial, the several stems 3-8 dm. tall; herbage with spreading hairs throughout.
Lower leaves oblanceolate, petiolate, 6-20 cm. long and 1-2.5 cm. wide; other leaves gradually reduced, becoming sessile and lanceolate.
Flowers in terminal, helicoid, bracteate false racemes which elongate and straighten with age, the bracts lance-triangular; calyx 5-7 mm. long, the 5 lobes lanceolate, about equaling the tube; corolla blue-purple, 6-11 mm. long, the limb 6-11 mm. wide, the 5 lobes rounded.
Nutlets 4, wrinkled, 2 mm. high, with a basal projection that fits into a pit in the receptacle.