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Perennial herb from a branched stem-base and a stout taproot; stems ascending to nearly erect, several, silvery hairy, 20-50 cm tall.
Basal leaves tufted, broadly lanceolate, stalked, 6-12 cm long, usually silvery-hairy; stem leaves similar, alternate, sometimes with a pair of small basal lobes, progressively reduced, becoming unstalked, silvery-hairy, usually bristly as well.
Inflorescence a several-coiled, 1-sided, short, compact cluster; corollas whitish to lavender or dull purple, 4-7 mm long and wide; calyces hairy, the lobes linear; stamens strongly exserted and hairy near the middle.
Capsules, 2-chambered; seeds 1-3, pitted, 1.5-2.5 mm long.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia