Spikes of powdery purple, pea-like flowers with charcoal gray stems. Vase-shaped form. Leathery blue-green foliage. Native. Attractive black seed pods in fall and winter. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Root system resents disturbance once established. Good Lupine substitute for the south. Prefers sun and average to dry sites. Easily grown in low fertility soil, including clay.