This slender-stemmed and weak-bristled, branching Blackberry creeps gracefully along its way from four to ten feet. The few prickers are scantily scattered. The compound leaves are three-parted, and the thick-textured, wedge-shaped, dark green leaflets are rounding at the apex and sharply toothed above the middle. Throughout the winter the dull, purplish red leaves may be found in delightful contrast with the snow. The small, five-petalled white flowers are usually grouped, and the reddish purple fruit is small and sour. It grows commonly in swamps and low grounds generally, from Nova Scotia to Ontario and Minnesota, south to Georgia and Kansas.