Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho and Montana.
Habitat: Open, moist, rocky slopes from subalpine to alpine.
Growth Duration: Perennial
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Perennial from shallow rhizomes, the stem simple, erect or curved at the base, 0.6-2 dm. tall, thinly puberulent.
Leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate or obovate, 1-2.5 mm. long and 5-14 mm. wide, glabrous, entire.
Inflorescence a terminal, bracteate raceme, the flowers pedicellate, at least the upper bracts alternate; sepals 4, unequal; corolla deep blue-violet, rotate, 8-13 mm. wide, 4-lobed, the upper lobe the largest; style exerted, 6-10 mm. long; stamens 2, filaments 4-8 mm. long.
Capsule glandular-pubescent, somewhat notched, 4-6 mm. high, higher than wide.