Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia to California.
Habitat: Thickets and woodlands, usually in fairly dry and shady areas, at low elevations.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Robust, bristly perennial from a branching, woody base and taproot, the several stems up to 2 m. tall.
Leaves narrowly elliptic, pointed, with 1-4 pairs of small leaflets at the base of the blade; cauline leaves better developed than the basal leaves.
Inflorescence elongate and open, 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.