Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Thickets, clearings and open woods, usually in moist soil
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Odorous, rhizomatous perennial herb, becoming shrubby below, tending to climb or scramble on other vegetation to a height of 1-3 m., the herbage moderately short-hairy to glabrous.
Leaves petiolate, some simple with ovate-subcordate blade 2.5-8 cm. long and 1.5-5 cm. wide, others with a pair of smaller basal lobes or leaflets.
Inflorescence 10- to 25-flowered, branched, jointed, bractless, 3-8 cm. wide, attached along the stem or opposite the leaves on peduncles 1.5-4 cm. long; calyx deeply cleft, the 5 pointed lobes reflexed; corolla blue or light violet, rotate, the 5 pointed lobes 5-9 mm. long, soon reflexed; stamens 5, the anthers conspicuous, yellow; style solitary; ovary superior.
Fruit a bright, red berry, ellipsoid-globose, 8-11 mm. long.