Stems 10-80cm tall. Leaves entire, glabrous to puberulent, often rather thick, exceedingly variable in size. Mostly lanceolate. Flowers secund, inflorescence congested. Flowers blue or bluish-purple, 22-32mm Southeastern Wyoming to northern New Mexico. Gravelly soils from the base of the mountains to 3800m. subsp. brandegei has robust stems, 30-70cm tall, flowers 30-3 8mm long. Spectacular blue flowers, showy.