Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Montana and New Mexico.
Habitat: Widespread in dry, open places from the foothills to mid-elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Biennial or short-lived perennial from a taproot, with a single, erect, stout stem 2-12 dm. tall, sometimes surrounded by several ascending, smaller stems; herbage often with spreading bristles and glandular hairs.
Leaves narrowly elliptic, pointed, with 1 or 2 pairs of small leaflets at the base of the blade; petioles, but not blades, reduced upward.
Inflorescence elongate, densely bristly, the lower flower clusters with leafy bracts; calyx divided nearly to the base, lobes 5; corolla dull white, 5-lobed, 3-6 mm. long and broad, the filaments conspicuously exerted, hairy near the middle; style 2-cleft.
Fruit a capsule.