The leaves of this mat-forming plant are a distinguishing feature—they are compound, with three leaflets, like a clover. The leaves are clustered thickly around the base of short-stemmed white flowers, partially obscuring the pea-shaped blossoms.
Royer and Dickinson report that the dry seed pods are “great noisemakers”, and were used as ceremonial rattles by people of the First Nations. (235)
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Royer, France and Richard Dickinson. 2007. Plants of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing, AB.