Color, bright yellow. Stem, erect, much branched, woody, leafy. Leaves, pinnate, with 5 to 7 leaflets, paler beneath, silky, the leaflets roundish, with turned-back margins.

In some parts of Vermont and New Hampshire this is a troublesome weed, covering the low, open hills with their thick bushes, which in autumn turn a dark brown. This might be placed among the shrubs.