Stems 1-5 dm, pubescent. Leaves 3-18. Leaf blade semicircular, 9-32-lobed, 1-3 cm wide, densely pubescent, lobes less than 1.5mm wide. Inflorescences 8-35-flowered or more, with 3 or more branches; proximal bracts simple or multifid; pedicel ascending, 1-3 cm, pubescent; bracteoles not touching sepals, 6-17 mm from flower, linear, 2.5-5 mm, pubescent. Flowers: sepals pale blue or pale purple to white, pubescent, lower sepal 8-12 × 3-5 mm, lateral sepals 9-15 × 5-10 mm, spur 12-20 mm; petals whitish to bluish, lateral lobes 3-5 mm, terminal lobe 3-4 × 1-2 mm, sinus 0.1-0.5 mm. Follicles 10-15 mm, pubescent. Flowering summer. Waste places, railroads; 70-1000 m; introduced; Ill., Mo., N.Dak., Tenn., Wis.; native to sw Europe, nw Africa. Consolida pubescens is not so commonly cultivated as C . ajacis or C . orientalis .
Branching annual, 3-7 dm; lvs dissected into narrowly linear segments; fls 2-4 cm wide, variously blue, violet, pink, or white, in an elongate raceme; pet 2, united, with a single spur; ovary 1, densely hairy; follicle hairy, mostly 12-18 mm (including the style). Native of Europe, occasionally escaped from cult. Summer. (D. ajacis, misapplied; Consolida a.)
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.