Flowers in the Borage or Forget-me-not family are often delicate and showy. The petals are united at the base to form a short tube with five free lobes that spread widely. The appendages arising from the base of each petal create a pattern which looks like a flower within a flower. This may serve as a visual cue for potential pollinators. The 4-lobed ovary which houses developing seeds and the pollen-producing stamens are located deep in the flower tube hidden from view.
DISTRIBUTION: Open slopes, forest clearings and roadsides from the High Cascade Ranges to the Sierra Nevada; 1300-2500 m.