General: Low perennial herb from a stout taproot and branching stem-base covered with persistent leaf-stalks and stipules; tufted, 5-25 cm tall.
Leaves: Basal, odd-pinnately compound, 5-30 cm long; leaflets 11 to 21, oval to lance-oblong, 7-30 mm long, grey or silvery silky-hairy on both surfaces; stipules membranous, about as long as the leaflets, joined to the leaf-stalks for 1/2 of their length, long-hairy to glabrous on the back, the margins fringed with bristly hairs.
Flowers: Inflorescence a spike-like raceme 2-10 cm long, elongating in age, of 5 to 25 pea-like flowers, the raceme-stalks stout, erect, 7-25 cm long; corollas whitish to pale yellow, sometimes pinkish-tinged, 15-25 mm long; calyces cylindric, silky with dark and pale hairs, 9-13 mm long, the linear-lanceolate teeth about 1/2 as long as the tube.
Fruits: Pods, oblong, 15-25 mm long, erect, short-beaked, fleshy when green but bony when dry, short-hairy, nearly 2-chambered.
Dry sandy, gravelly or rocky, grassy slopes, bluffs, river terraces, meadows and roadsides from the steppe to alpine zones; frequent throughout BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; N to S YT, E to MB and S to ID and WY.
Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2020. E-Flora BC:
Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for
Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British
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