Stem erect, sturdy. Basal leaves linear, shorter than stem. Flowers many, in spike at stem top, few open at one time but do not open out flat. Flower pale blue, purple, or white; pollen dull yellow to violet; petals twist as they dry to cover seeds as they mature. Grows in wet, soggy, deep soils at mid elevations. Subsp. suksdorfii is blue or purple and sometimes dwarf. Subsp. leichtlinii (pictured, inset) is creamy white and grows only in Umpqua Valley, Oregon.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Mid Spring
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: to 48 inches
- Habitat: West-Side Forest, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Meadow
- Found In: West Gorge And Western Oregon., Crater Lake Np
- Native: Yes