Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to Oregon, east across the northern half of North America to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Moist woods and rocky slopes at mid- to high elevations in the mountains.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Unarmed, decumbent and nodally rooting to spreading shrub up to 1 m. tall, the branches straw-colored to purplish-brown.
Leaves alternate, long-petiolate, the blades broadly cordate, up to 10 cm. broad, glabrous above and hairy beneath, palmately 3-5 lobes less than half their length, the segments broadly triangular to ovate-triangular, coarsely dentate.
Inflorescence of drooping, 6- to 13-flowered, short racemes, shorter than the leaves; pedicels up to 4 mm. long, jointed; calyx glabrous, dark reddish-purple or greenish-white and purple-spotted; calyx tube saucer-shaped, 1 mm. long, lined with a 5-lobed, reddish-purple disk, the 5 lobes broadly rhombic with a wedge-shaped base, 2 mm. long and broad, spreading; petals 5, broadly wedge-shaped, 1 mm. long, reddish-purple; stamens 5, equaling the petals, ovary inferior, smooth and glabrous.
Berry ovoid, less than 1 cm. long, bright red and smooth.