PLANT: 3-25 cm tall; stems erect to decumbent, simple to branching near the base, white, tan or yellow green, short pubescent below, sparsely to densely villous above. LEAVES: 8-22 mm long, the rachis flattened, the lobes 4-8, linear, simple or some forked. INFLORESCENCE: terminal, compact, subcapitate, the bracts similar to the upper cauline leaves. FLOWERS: subsessile; calyx 6-8 mm long, the tube short pubescent to villous, especially at the top, the lobes simple or some forked; corolla white to bluish, 4-7 mm long; stamens inserted on the upper tube; filaments 1-1.5 mm long; anthers exserted; style slightly exserted; stigmatic lobes mostly 2, situated below the anthers. CAPSULE mostly 1-2-locular, indehiscent except when wet; seeds 4-8 per locule. —2 subspp.; w N. Amer. REFERENCES: Dieter H. Wilken and J. Mark Porter, 2005, Vascular Plants of Arizona: Polemoniaceae. CANOTIA 1: 1-37.