General: perennial with stout stems 30-100 cm tall clustered
on stout, branching rhizomes. Herbage sticky-hairy. Often
growing in colonies.
Leaves: opposite, stalkless, strongly several-nerved from
the base, entire to irregularly edged with shallow, thickened
teeth. The lowermost ones reduced, the others 3-7 (10) cm
long, 1-3.5 cm wide, lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, pointed.
Flowers: few to several in open, elongating clusters, on
stalks 3-6 (10) cm long. Calyx 15-25 (30) mm long, the
sharp teeth about equal. Corolla very showy, pink-purple,
30-55 mm long, evidently 2-lipped. The lower lip 3-lobed,
marked with white hairs and yellow stripes and maroon
dots in the throat.
Flowering time: June-August.
Fruits: capsules, 2-sided, with many seeds.
In and along streams, and in other wet, open places, at
moderate to high elevations in the mountains, in w. and c.
parts of MT. Also in B.C. and Alberta to CA, WY and UT.
Edible plant: see below.
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