Distribution: Know only from Okanogan County, Washington in Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon and Nevada, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Open rocky places at high elevations in the mountains, commonly above timberline.
Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)
Low perennial from a stout, branched taproot, the stem up to 2 dm. tall, strongly glandular and smelling of skunk.
Leaves mostly basal, pinnate, up to 1.5 dm. long including the short petiole; leaflets crowded, numerous, 2-5 cleft nearly to the base, the individual segments 1.5-6 mm. long and 1-3 mm. wide
Inflorescence capitate; calyx herbaceous, 7-12 mm. long, the 5 narrow, pointed lobes shorter than the tube; corolla blue, funnel-shaped, 17-25 mm. long, noticeably longer than wide, the tube longer than the 5 lobes; stamens shorter than the corolla; style 3-parted; ovary superior.