Contr. Arnold Arbor. 9:91, plate 5, fig. 10; plate 6, fig. 9; plate 10;. 1935.
Herbs, usually ± rosette, erect or ascending, rarely rooting at nodes. Roots not brownish-tomentose. Stems unbranched or sparsely branched, 2–10 cm; internodes pilose or villous. Leaves spirally arranged, sessile; blade dull green, linear-lanceolate, 5–33 × 0.3–1.2 cm (distal leaf-blades equal to or narrower than sheaths when sheaths opened, flattened), margins sparsely ciliate, apex acute to acuminate, pilose. Inflorescences terminal; bracts foliaceous, ascending, pilose, margins sparsely ciliate. Flowers distinctly pedicillate; pedicels (2–) 4–6 cm, pilose with glandular or glandular and eglandular hairs; sepals suffused with pink to purple, 5–11 mm, pilose with glandular, eglandular hairs, glandular-hairs numerous, conspicuous, longer hairs 1.5–6 mm; petals distinct, rose to blue or purplish, broadly ovate, not clawed, 8–16 mm; stamens free; filaments bearded. Capsules 4–6 mm. Seeds 2–3 mm; hilum as long as seed. 2n = 24.
Phenology: Flowering spring (Apr–May).
Habitat: Wooded slopes on rocky hillsides