This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The habitat of this species is waste places near villages, roadsides, field borders. It has the shrub habit, but is herbaceous. The rootstock is creeping. The stems are furrowed, numerous, ribbed, and grooved. The leaves are pinnate. The leaflets are oblong to lance-shaped, coarsely toothed. The stipules are leafy, coarsely toothed. The flowers are white, red outside, in terminal, compact cymes, with three main branches. The corolla is broadly bell-shaped. The anther-stalks are crumpled, the anthers purple. The fruit is a round berry, reddish-black. The plant is 2-3 ft. high, flowering in July and August, and is a herbaceous perennial.