|Leaf: Alternate, deciduous, palmately compound, 4 inches long, 5 to 11 elliptical to oblanceolate leaflets, each 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, gray-green and often with silky hairs.
Flower: Very showy yellow or sometimes purple in upright 6 inch spikes.
Fruit: Pea-like brown-hairy pods, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long; twist open violently when ripe, expelling seeds.
Twig: Green to red-green.
Form: Erect woody shrub to 6 tall; ball-shaped when growing in the open.