Distribution: Uncommon east of the Cascades in Washington to California, east to South Dakota
Habitat: Deeper soils in shrub-steppe
Flowers: June - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from a stout root, the several stems 1-4 dm. tall; herbage glabrous or appressed-pubescent.
Basal leaves petiolate, the blade elliptic to oblanceolate or lance-ovate, 2-15 cm. long and 0.7-6 cm. wide; cauline leaves well-developed, rather numerous, 2.5-7 times as long as wide, becoming sessile above.
Inflorescence congested, many-flowered, terminal; calyx 2.5-6 mm. long, cleft nearly to the base; corolla blue, 5-lobed, 1-2 cm. long, the tube 1.3 to 2 times as long as the slightly expanded limb; filaments broad, longer than the anthers; style equaling the corolla lobes; nutlets attached to the lower half of the style; hairy appendages opposite the corolla lobes at the top of the tube.