Color, blue. Calyx, bell-shape, 2-lipped, the upper lip with the hood-like swelling which marks this genus. Corolla, rather large, 2-lipped, the lips distinct, but nearly equal in length. Stems, whitish with minute down, 6 inches to 2 feet high, generally simple. Leaves, the upper short - petioled or sessile, thin, linear; the lower, roundish, long-petioled, slightly toothed. Bracts under the flowers, which grow in terminal long racemes or panicles. May to July.

Near the coast, in moist ground, fields, woods, and thickets, Massachusetts to Florida, westward to Texas.