Taprooted annuals. Stems ascending to erect, usually branched, 3–20 cm. Herbage strigose, petioles ciliate. Leaves petiolate; blades 1–6 cm long, deeply pinnately lobed; lobes entire to dentate. Inflorescence: solitary, axillary, pedicellate flowers. Flowers funnelform; pedicels 5–15 mm in flower, calyx hispid, divided to the base, 4–6 mm long; corolla blue, tube 2–4 mm long, lobes 2–3 mm long; stamens included. Capsule 5–6 mm long, hispid, partly enclosed or subtended by the swollen, veiny calyx, 4-seeded (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Often disturbed and partly shaded soil of grasslands, woodlands, streambanks, talus, roadsides; plains, valleys, montane (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 vagans
(Colla and Dumesh 2010).