A perennial shrub growing 2 to 5 feet tall. Leaves are deciduous, long, and finely toothed toward the tip. Pink or lavender, 5 petal flowers occur in a cluster at the stem tip, bloom from June to August. Has a fleshy red berry when ripe. The branching, rhizomatous, fibrous roots, sometimes forming nearly impenetrable thickets. Adapted to a broad range of moisture conditions, it is easily established thus used for erosion control, disturbed sites and even wetland. Moderately palatable to livestock and wildlife and small mammal consume the berries. Native across the western United States.