Distribution: Distributed widely throughout Washington, but chiefly east of the Cascades; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Rocky Mountains as far south as Colorado.
Habitat: Open areas from low to moderate elevations, including the subalpine.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Pubescent perennial, the stems 4-5 dm. tall, simple, not hollow.
Basal leaves numerous, their petioles 3-6 times as long as the blades; cauline leaves with petioles much reduced upward, often shorter than the blades; leaflets 9-11, narrow, linear-oblanceolate, usually abruptly acuminate, 2-4 cm. long and 2-6 mm. wide, grayish to yellowish on both sides.
Inflorescence of racemes borne well above the leaves, 1-5-2.5 cm. long, many-flowered; pedicles 5-10 mm. long; flowers 11-16 mm. long, deep violet or purple, the banner often reddish, yellowish, or with a white center; calyx stiff-hairy to silky, the upper lip shallowly bi-dentate; banner glabrous, well reflexed; wings glabrous; keel with marginal hairs.
Pods hairy, 2.5-4 cm. long.