The Nootka Lupine is a perennial herb with an tall flowering stem that reaches up to 3 feet tall. Its leaves grow out from the plant's base and also from each flower's stem and they are palmated, with 5-8 oval leaflets that can be up to 5 inches wide. The flowers are pea-like, blue to violet in color and grow in dense cylindrical clusters at the top of the stem. You can spot this widespread flower growing in bunches along highways, on hillsides, and in high grassy valleys. The fruits are hairy pods that look like a peapod and in the fall they dry out and rattle in the wind.