Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Disturbed ground.
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Glabrous shrub with long, weak, sparsely thorny, arched or climbing branches, 1-6 m. tall.
Leaves short-petiolate, entire, dull, elliptic to lanceolate or oblanceolate, up to 7 cm. long and 3.5 cm. wide on new growth, much smaller on old wood.
Flowers 1-3 in the leaf axils on pedicels 0.7-2 cm. long; calyx tubular, with 3-6 short lobes; corolla lavender or purplish, 9-14 mm. long, tubular, with 5 broad, spreading lobes about equaling the tube; stamens 5; style solitary, ovary superior.
Fruit a red berry, ellipsoid or ovoid, 1-2 cm. long.