Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.
Habitat: Open to forested, moist to fairly dry slopes, from middle to high elevations.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Erect to spreading unarmed shrub up to 2 m. tall, with soft pubescence and stalked glands, the old branches becoming reddish-brown.
Leaves alternate, petiolate, the blades 3-6 cm. broad, palmately 3- or 5-lobed much less than half their length, the lobes rounded, once or twice dentate with rounded teeth, soft-pubescent on both surfaces.
Inflorescence of 6-12 flowered, erect to drooping racemes, pubescent and glandular, shorter than the leaves, the pedicels jointed, exceeding the bracts; calyx greenish-yellow, yellowish-white or pinkish, the tube narrowly bell-shaped, 6-7 mm. long; calyx lobes 5, oblong, pointed, spreading, about equal to the tube; petals 5, broadly ovate, narrowed abruptly to a short, broad claw, 2.5-4 mm. long, cream or white; stamens 5, equaling the petals; styles 2, fused nearly to the stigmas; ovary inferior, glabrous to glandular or pubescent.
Berry ovoid, 10-12 mm. long, deep bluish-black.