Stems erect, 10–35 cm. Herbage glabrous, glaucous. Basal leaf blades thick, oblanceolate to oblong, entire, 2–10 cm long. Stem leaves lanceolate to obovate, 1–6 cm long. Inflorescence of 3 to 10 nearly contiguous, dense, glabrous verticillasters; bracts lanceolate to ovate. Flowers: calyx 3–6 mm long; sepals lanceolate, acuminate, slightly scarious-margined; corolla blue to lavender, 12–16 mm long; anthers glabrous, opening across their length. Capsule 6–15 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are variety nitidus
and variety polyphyllus
Plains, hills and slopes (Dorn 1984).