Plant is a dwarf in every sense of the word; leaf, stem,
flower and fruit. The slender stems produce a milky sap when
crushed or broken. Preferred habitat is wet pine savannas
and flatwoods, bogs, ditches, swamps, banks of streams, ponds
and floodplain forests. Distribution is throughout the
Leaves are usually um-stalked; blades widest at the middle,
oblong or egg-shaped, or may be linear. The margins are
smooth or may have scattered teeth.
Flowers are pale blue to white, about 5/8 inch long, growing
directly on the stem. They are 2-lipped, tubular, and arranged
loosely on a spike 6 - 15 inches long. The lower lip is 3-lobed
and longer than the upper, which is 2-lobed and stands up like
tufts of feathers above owl-like eyes.
Fruit is a capsule. The seeds are minute and irregular
in shape, with a reticular surface.