Stems: caespitose, erect or ascending. Leaves: triangular, truncate or cordate at the base, deeply five-lobed, doubly serrate. Flowers: five to fifteen flowered, raceme finely pubescent, calyx rotate, lobes broadly spat-ulate. Fruit: a berry.

The stems of this Currant are spineless, and the leaves are deeply five-lobed, doubly toothed and frequently 'resinous-dotted beneath, they grow on long stalks abruptly dilated at the base. The dull pinkish-red flowers have a rotate calyx with broad spatulate lobes and narrow spatulate petals, and the fruit is a purple-black berry covered with a whitish bloom. Altogether this plant, which grows in wet shady places, is a handsome species, and it is, moreover, well named, because if you bruise the stems or leaves they emit a strong skunk-like odour, while the berries themselves are also extremely nasty to the taste.