The smooth, curving, cane-like stalk of this species often roots again at the tip, and it grows some ten or twelve feet in length. It is sparingly covered with small, hooked prickers. The leaf is three-parted, rarely five, and the leaflets are oval and pointed. The under surfaces are of a much lighter shade than the upper, and the edges are coarsely toothed. The five-petalled white flowers are densely clustered in pretty, round terminal heads. This is the favourite little Black Cap that country children like to string on grass stems when they go berrying for fun. It is common especially in burnt-over districts, and along fence rows, stone walls, and neglected farm buildings, everywhere from Georgia and Mississippi northward to Quebec and Ontario.