Perennial herb. Stems 20-60 cm, erect, usually simple, many, arising from a woody rootstock, eglandular-pubescent. Leaves simple, linear-oblong, sometimes sublyrate or deeply lobed at base, 5-8 x c. 1 cm, rugulose, cuneate, eglandular-pilose especially on veins and with numerous sessile glands; petiole 2-8 cm. Verticillasters 20-30-flowered, clearly distant. Bracts c. 6 x 2 mm, ovate-acuminate. Pedicels 2-6 mm, erecto-patent. Calyx tubular, c. 6 mm, purplish-blue, eglandular spreading pilose and with sessile glands, ovate in fruit with a concave-bisulcate upper lip, teeth not mucronate. Corolla violet-blue, c. 10 mm, tube straight with an inverted V-shaped annulus; upper lip straight, compressed, narrowed at base. Stamens C. Nutlets ovate, 2.5 x 1.5 mm. Fl. 5-7. Rocky slopes, grassy meadows amongst Quercus, fallow and cultivated fields, 100-1600 m.
Syrian Desert, N. Iraq, N.W. Iran. Ir.-Tur. element.