Perennial herbaceous plant with stout stems growing to 1.5 metres tall.
Other Uses: N
Soil: Nutrient-poor soils
Watering: Damp to wet, can tolerate dry
Sun: Partial to full sun.
Usually found at: Moist habitats and seasonally wet soils.
Pollinators & wildlife: Bees
Ornamental: Pleasant fragrance and tall, showy flowers make the plant a favourite ornamental for gardeners
Leaves: Palmately compound with (5-) 9-17 leaflets 3–15 centimetres (1.2–5.9 in) long
Flowers: Produced on a tall spike, each flower 1–1.5 centimetres (0.39–0.59 in) long, most commonly blue to purple in wild plants
First Nations uses: Thompson tribes considered it poisonous, but used it medicinally. Salishan used it to make tonics. Kwakiutl ate roots, fresh or steamed. Only folks with special knowledge of the preparation techniques can prepare the seeds as they are toxic.