Distribution: East of the Cascade summits, British Columbia south through Washington to the Columbia Gorge, where west to Portland, Oregon; east to Idaho and North Dakota.
Habitat: Shores of strams and lakes, marshes, and other low, wet places in the valleys and foothills.
Flowers: July - September
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)
Perennial herbs from a rhizome, the stems 2-10 dm. tall, simple, or branched at the base of the inflorescence.
Leaves opposite, all cauline, the lower reduced, the others 3-10 cm. long and 5-20 mm. wide, sessile, serrate or nearly entire, linear-oblong, the upper lance-ovate near the inflorescence.
Inflorescence a close-flowered, elongate, terminal raceme, the flowers sub-sessile; calyx 4-6 mm. long, finely glandular-pubescent, the 5 teeth short and uneven; corolla lavender-purple, 12-16 mm. long, bilabiate, the lips 3-5 mm. long, the lower 3-lobed; stamens 4, ascending under the upper corolla-lip.