Distribution: Distributed east of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to Ontario, south to California and Texas.
Habitat: A plant of waste places and low ground, common along streams.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glandular, perennial herbs from extensive, aromatic, woody rhizomes, the stems 3-12 dm. tall.
Leaves alternate, odd-pinnate, the leaflets 7-15, lanceolate to oblong, 2-4 cm. long; stipules small, linear, deciduous.
Flowers numerous in dense, bracteate spikes on long peduncles arising from the leaf axils; calyx broadly tubular, with 5 awl-shaped teeth; corolla pea-like, creamy-yellow, 10-15 mm. long, the banner only slightly reflexed from the narrow wings and acuminate keel; stamens 10; style straight.
Pod 10-15 mm. long, densely covered with hooked bristles.