Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; southern British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho and Nevada.
Habitat: Moist, open places in the foothills and valleys to moderate elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Lax, very slender annual, the stem 0.5-3 dm. tall, simple or sparingly branched; herbage glabrous, but often with stiff, pungent hairs on the angles of the stem and the leaf margins.
Leaves alternate, distant, somewhat clasping, rotund-ovate, sharply toothed, up to 1 cm. long.
Flowers few, sub-sessile in an elongate, false spike, opposite the bract; calyx 5-parted to the base, the lobes foliaceous, veiny, ovate, 2-4 mm. long; corolla with 5 lobes shorter than the tube, 3-6 mm. long, blue; upper flowers normal, the lower abortive; ovary inferior, 3-celled; stigma 3-lobed.
Capsule short and broad.