Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, also in northern Idaho.
Habitat: Open woods, sea level to moderate elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Strongly rhizomatous evergreen shrub, the aerial stems 1-3 dm. long, ascending to erect.
Leaves alternate, pinnate, tufted, leathery; leaflets 9-19, ovate-lanceolate, 3-6 cm. long, coarsely serrate-spiny, palmately 3-8 nerved, both surfaces somewhat dull.
Inflorescence of bracteate racemes up to 20 cm. long; perianth of 5 alternating whorls of 3 members each; outer 3 greenish-yellow, 2-3 mm. long (bracts); next 6 bright yellow, 6-8 mm. long (sepals); inner 6 bright yellow, slightly shorter, bi-lobed, oblong (petals); stamens 6, opposite the petals; filaments without teeth at the tip; style none, stigma sessile.
Berry deep blue, globose, 8-11 mm. long.