A trailing, woody-stemmed vine, loping along the ground for several feet and often armed with scattered prickers. Its ascending branches are sparingly prickled. The large leaf has from three to seven oval or pointed, wedge-shaped leaflets. They are thin-textured and sharply cut with fine, even teeth. The large, white, five-petalled flowers are fragrant, and grow singly or in sparse clusters of two or three. The small, juicy black fruit is large-seeded, but has a delicious flavour. It is common along dusty roadsides, on dry hillsides, and in fields, from Virginia, Louisiana and the Indian Territory northward to Lake Superior, Ontario and Newfoundland.