Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California and Colorado, east to Ontario and Michigan.
Habitat: Lowlands to alpine meadows in vernally (springtime) moist areas.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Herbaceous annual with single or branched stems growing to height of 5-40 cm. Plants often found growing in masses.
Opposite, mostly glabrous and entire-margined; leaves sometimes whorled near top of plant; up to 5 cm. long and about 1 cm. wide. Stems and flower pedicels often have short hairs that are sometimes glandular.
4-7 mm. long, bilabiate (two-lipped) with blue lower lip and white to whitish pink upper lip; lower half of corolla tube fused and abruptly bent near base forming a small sac on upper side of corolla base.
Ellipse-shaped capsule up to 5 mm. long and typically shorter than the sepals.
Base of corolla is bent at obligue angle. In C. grandiflora the corolla is bent at right angle.
May hybridize with C. grandiflora.