Leaves of 3 leaflets, coarsely toothed, rather thick and smooth, somewhat shiny and evergreen. Sepals and petals, 5. May.
A small-flowered species, with weak, prickly, trailing stems, sending up flower-bearing, leafy shoots. It is a delicate, pretty vine, not valuable for its fruit, which is small, consisting of a few red or black drupes. The leaves turn a fine shade of red in autumn and mingle with other vines and shrubs with pretty effect. Nova Scotia to Georgia in swampy, grassy grounds or moist woods.