Stems erect or spreading, branched or unbranched. Stems brown, with sparse, crisp, white hairs to hairless. Leaves on stems 1/4–2 in. long, divided into narrow segments forked at tip, 3 sharp needle-like segments with shaggy white hair. Flowers in dense clusters at tips of branches. Flower tube funnel-shaped, less than 1/2 in., white to pale blue, stamens extending beyond tube. Grows in drying spring pools, open meadows, below 6000 ft. Navarretia leucocephala, in same habitat, has light green stems and pinnately lobed leaves; branched, generally spreading habit; stamens exserted beyond white flower tube.
- Rarity: Locally Common
- Flowering Time: Early Summer
- Life Cycle: Annual
- Height: 2--4 inches
- Habitat: Coastal, Meadow, West-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe, East-Side Forest, Vernal Wet
- Found In: Siskiyous, West Gorge
- Native: Yes