Erect annual, herb, 0.1-1.2 m high. Fl. pink-purple, Apr to Nov. Clay, loam. Variety of habitats.
Perennial herbs or annuals, stems single or several, more or less erect, persistently hairy, glabrescent or glabrous, with verticillate hairs. Leaves present, (8-)10-120(-160) mm long, (3-)5-60(-65) mm wide, persistently hairy or glabrescent, with verticillate hairs; basal rosette present; cauline leaves alternate. Spikes pink, ovoid or cylindrical, solitary, with densely arranged flowers. Bracts (7-)7.7-10(-14) mm long, coloured, glabrous or hairy, awned or mucronate, with an obscure midrib. Bracteoles (7-)10-11(-13) mm long, coloured or colourless, hairy, awned or mucronate, with a prominent midrib. Outer tepals 21-28 mm long, not entire. Inner tepals 19.5-24.5 mm long, glabrous within or with a basal tuft of hairs on inner face. Style 10.8 mm long, sigmoid, obliquely fixed to ovary. Distribution: South West, Northern and Eremaean Botanical Region; IBRA regions: Geraldton Sandplain, Avon Whealtbelt, Mallee, Carnarvon, Central Ranges, Coolgardie, Gascoyne, Gibbson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Murchison, Pilbara, Tanami, Yalgoo, Central Kimberley, Dampierland, Northern Kimberley, Ord Victoria Plains, Victoria Bonaparte.