Tall, upright, unbranched stems from woody base. Leaves oval to lance-shaped, 1 1/2–3 in. long, sharp-toothed, hairless; upper stem leaves clasping; lower leaves on short petioles. Inflorescence is a single flower cluster at stem top. Flowers bright blue to purple-blue, to 3/4 in. long, hairless inside and out, staminode bearded. Grows in moist meadows, along streams, rocky areas, from near coast to subalpine.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Mid Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 8--30 inches
- Habitat: Coastal, Meadow, Vernal Wet, Subalpine
- Found In: West Gorge, Mt. Rainier Np, Olympic Np, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes