Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to Oregon and Nevada, east to Montana, Wyoming, and Utah.
Habitat: Shifting talus slopes at high elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Loose-mat-forming perennial from a deep taproot, with numerous sprawling stems often several dm. long.
Leaves alternate, crowded, short-petiolate, the blade up to 3 cm. long and 13 mm. wide, entire to lobed.
Flowers usually sessile in small, leafy-bracteate clusters at the ends of the stems; corolla tubular-funnelform, 1.5-3.5 mm. long, blue or lavender to pink or white, the tube much longer than the 5 lobes; calyx 5-lobed, the tube of uniform papery texture; stamens 5, equally inserted in the corolla tube well below the sinuses; style 3-parted; ovary superior.
Capsule with 3, 1-seeded carpels.