Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; widely distributed throughout much of western North America.
Habitat: Dry, open areas from prairies to alpine ridges.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous and somewhat glaucous perennial, from a woody crown, the stem 1-6 dm. tall.
Leaves alternate, linear, 1-3 cm. long, 1-nerved, acute to rounded.
Inflorescence a terminal raceme, the pedicels slender, about as long as the flowers; sepals 5, 4-7 mm. long, the margins membranous, entire; petals 5, blue, 10-23 mm. long; stamens 5, united at the base to form a short tube, with tooth-like projections 1 mm. long on the tube alternate with the filaments; styles 5, much longer than the stamens,