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Perennial herb from a somewhat woody stem-base; stems several, clustered, erect, 30-60 cm tall, usually branched above, short-curly-hairy or smooth, sometimes purplish.
Alternate, short-curly-hairy or rarely smooth, the lower leaves linear, entire, the upper ones deeply divided, with a pair of linear spreading lobes.
Inflorescence a prominently bracted terminal spike, narrow and ultimately elongate, the bracts yellowish, broader than the leaves, deeply 3- to 5-lobed, short-curly-hairy; corollas 18-25 mm long, slightly longer than and exserted from the calyces, 2-lipped, the upper lip beak-like, minutely hairy, shorter than the tube and 2-4 times the length of the 3-lobed lower lip, the lobes minutely hairy; calyces hairy, 15-20 mm long, 2-lobed, these primary lobes again divided into 2 slender, sharp-pointed segments 2-3 mm long; stamens 4.
Capsules; seeds many, the seed-coats loose, net-veined.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia