Taprooted, glandular pubescent, short-lived perennial with a well-developed basal rosette of leaves; stems 10-90 cm tall, freely and divaricately branching; basal leaves entire, to coarsely toothed, to once-pinnatifid, 1.2-5 cm long, 1-4.5 mm wide; lower stem leaves entire and linear to occasionally pinnatifid, reduced in size upward, 1-18 mm long; inflorescence a loosely open cymose-panicle; calyx cylindrical to campanulate, 3-4.7 mm long; corolla 6-18 mm long, blue to nearly white, funnelform to salverform, tube 5.5-12 mm long, corolla lobes narrowly oblanceolate, 3-5.5 mm long; stamens equally inserted in the upper tube; style well exserted to included; fruit a capsule, 3-5 mm long, 2.3-2.9 mm wide, ovoid; seed 1.8-2.2 mm long, pale gray-brown. Flowers May through early August.
Aliciella haydenii, which is widely scattered throughout the Four Corners region, is very similar in most vegetative aspects, but its corolla is magenta when fresh and its corolla lobes are broadly oblanceolate and larger, 3.5 - 9 mm long, 2 -4.2 mm wide.
New Mexico: San Juan County, Beautiful Mountain and west of Shiprock; Arizona, Apache County, eastern slopes of the Lukachukai and Chuska mountains.
Generally red, sandy or clay soils in badlands of the Wingate Formation and the Owl Rock Member of the Chinle Formation. Plants grow in Utah juniper-pinion pine and ponderosa pine communities from 1,525 - 1,980 m (5,000 - 6,500 ft).
A narrow endemic, but current land uses do not significantly threaten its habitat. It may occasionally by impacted by road maintenance.
Heil, K.D., S.L. O’Kane, L. Reeves and A. Clifford. 2012 (In Press). Four Corners flora. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, Missouri.
*Porter, J.M. 2011. Two new Aliciella species and a new subspecies in Ipomopsis (Polemoniaceae) from the western United States of America. Phytotaxa 15:15-25.