Stem(-s) up to 50 cm tall, densely hairy; hairs unequal, the longer once up to 3 mm long, arising from a swollen base; hairs on leaves similar. Basal leaves elliptic-lanceolate to lanceolate, ovate-lanceolate. Flowers terminal or axillary, in scorpioid cymes, bracteate; bracts leafy, but smaller and narrower. Pedicels up fruit; dense strigosely hairy. Calyx 10-11 mm long, 5-partite into linear-lanceolate lobes, densely hairy. Corolla reddish purple, 12-15 mm long; tube straight; limb up to 8 mm broad; lobes obtuse; throat with 5 groups of papillose hairs. Anthers the same level as the hairs, 2.5-3 mm long, narrow ovate, attached c. 7 mm from tube base. Nutlets 3.5-4 mm long, erect, reticulate-rugose, tuberculate.