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Perennial herb from a somewhat woody stem-base; stems several, clustered, ascending to erect, 10-40 cm tall, frequently branched above, bristly-hairy or long-soft-hairy, sometimes purplish.
Alternate, bristly-hairy or long-soft-hairy, sometimes also glandular, the lower leaves linear and entire, the upper ones with 1 to 2 pairs of linear spreading lobes.
Inflorescence a prominently bracted terminal spike, the bracts yellowish, wider than the leaves, deeply 3- to 5-lobed, minutely hairy and also fringed with long hairs; corollas 15-30 mm long, 2-lipped, the upper lip beak-like, included in the calyx or slightly exserted, much shorter than the tube and about 1.5 times the length of the prominent, 3-lobed lower lip; calyces often purplish, hairy, 12-25 mm long, deeply 2-lobed, these primary lobes again divided into 2 triangular or linear segments 1-3 mm long; stamens 4.
Capsules; seeds many, the seed-coats loose, net-veined.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia