Stems 2–5 cm above ground. Herbage purplish, glabrous to puberulent. Inflorescence a glandular, crowded, bracteate spike, raceme or panicle; pedicels ascending, 0–6 mm long. Flowers: calyx 8–14 mm long; sepals linear-lanceolate, 5–10 mm long; corolla 11–21 mm long, purple, yellow within the mouth, the lobes 2–5 mm long. Capsule 7–10 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus pensylvanicus
(Colla and Dumesh 2010).