Stems numerous, erect. Leaves green, attached to lower section of stem, petioles 1–8 in. long, palmately divided, 5–11 leaflets broadest near tips, hairy below, hairy or smooth above. Flowers in tiered whorls up the stalk. Flower blue or purple with white or yellowish patch that later turns magenta. Flower ages brown. Grows in moist, open to shady woods and meadows. Var. latifolius flowers are 1/3–1/2 in., and unlike other varieties, its keel is not covered by wings;grows below alpine elevations. Var. thompsonianus of Columbia River Gorge, has long soft hairs on calyx, stems, and leaves.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: Late Spring
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 2--4 feet
- Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, Coastal, East-Side Forest
- Found In: Siskiyous, Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, Wallowas, West Gorge, Crater Lake Np, N Cascades Np
- Native: Yes