Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Dry, open, often rocky places, frequently with sagebrush, from the plains and foothills to high elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Plants from a branching, woody base, the stems 1-6 dm. tall, usually finely gray-puberulent throughout, with stalked glands in the inflorescence.
Leaves opposite, entire, the basal ones tufted and persistent, petiolate, up to 12 cm. long and 2 cm. wide, with elliptic or ovate blades, the cauline ones sessile and reduced.
Inflorescence of several loose, few-flowered verticillasters; calyx 2.5-6 mm. long, broadly lanceolate, narrowly scarious-margined, pointed; corolla blue-purple, glandular-hairy, 10-17 mm. long, the tube 3-6 mm. wide at the mouth, the raised portion of the lower lip bearded; pollen sacs 0.4-0.8 mm. long, glabrous, becoming opposite; staminode densely bearded toward the tip.
Capsule 4-6 mm. long.