|Shrubby perennial. Leaves are medium green, large and palmate, with lance-shaped leaflets to 5 inches long. Grown for their brilliant colorful deep violet blue sweet pea shaped, 4 to 6 inch long spikes of yellow flowers in spring and early summer. Wonderful cottage garden additions, eye-catching when planted in large masses. Other than requiring good drainage, not fussy about soil. Can start from seed in winter or early spring. Great beach plant growing 5 to 8 feet in height.