General: Low perennial herb from a buried stem-base and long, slender rhizomes; stems several, decumbent to erect, 10-30 cm long/tall, loosely tufted, slender, appressed-hairy with unbranched hairs.
Leaves: Alternate, pinnately compound, 4-10 cm long, leaflets 11 to 23, linear-oblong to elliptic, mostly blunt to notched at the tip, 0.5-2 cm long, thinly short-hairy.
Flowers: Inflorescence a dense, head-like, axillary raceme of 7 to 20 erect, pea-like flowers, the racemes 1-3 cm long and wide, on stalks from shorter to longer than the leaves; corollas usually purplish, tinged with white, drying bluish, 15-22 mm long, the narrow banner slightly longer than the wings, which are 4 mm longer than the keel; calyces bell-shaped, 8-13 mm long, hairy with mixed black and white hairs, the linear teeth 1/2 as long as the tube.
Fruits: Pods, egg-shaped to oblong, unstalked, erect, 7-10 mm long, membranous, densely greyish to blackish soft-hairy, somewhat flattened, grooved beneath, 2-chambered.
Moist to mesic meadows, grassy slopes, streambanks, lakeshores, forest openings and occasionally on cool talus slopes in the steppe and montane zones; common in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains and S of 52degreeN, rare northward; N to YT, E to ON, and S to WI, MN, KS, NM and N CA.
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