Family, Barberry. Color, yellowish green. Sepals, petals, and stamens, 6. Pistil, 1, with a short style. Petals, small, thickish, with short claws, opposite the sepals. Flowers, in a small panicle, terminating the simple stem. Fruit, a pair of round seeds on thick stalks, which by expansion burst the ovary covering, become naked, drupe-like, blue and somewhat fleshy, when ripe. Leaf 1, large, 3-divided, the divisions 3-lobed, situated just below the flower, sessile, so that the flower-stem seems to be the leaf-stalk. A second, smaller leaf sometimes appears. April and May.
A conspicuous plant, especially when in fruit, loving the solitude of deep woods, growing in rich soil.