A long-lived perennial, evergreen growing to an average of 9 feet. Stems are short and spear shaped, buds are small and scaly. It has dark green leaves and flowers that are solitary and funnel shaped blooming in May and June. Seeds mature July to August. It is mostly palatable to wildlife in the winter months and is recommended distributed sites in the Intermountain West. Has long taproots that grow well in coarse textured, deep, well-drained soils. Found in the intermountain west of the Rocky Mountains to California and in northern Arizona and New Mexico.