Distribution: Introduced and occasionally escaped from cultivation, scattered in the United States; chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington.
Habitat: Roadsides and other disturbed habitats.
Flowers: May - July
Origin: Introduced from sw Asia
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Coarse perennial from a taproot, the several erect stems 3-12 dm. tall; hairs of the stem and inflorescence stout and stiff, flattened, often recurved.
Basal leaves large, petiolate, the blade ovate or lance-ovate, 15-30 cm. long and 7-12 cm. wide; cauline leaves ample, gradually reduced upward and becoming sessile.
Inflorescence of several small, naked clusters at the branch tips; calyx 5-7 mm. long, cleft to below the middle into 5 lobes; corolla blue, 1.8 cm. long, bell-shaped, the throat much longer than the 5 lobes; the 5 hairy appendages at the top of the corolla tube narrow and elongate; style exerted; nutlets attached at the base in a pit
Nutlets 4, slightly wrinkled, keeled, 4 mm. long, brownish-black, with a basal attachment.