This native, herbaceous vine twines around other vegetation and wires. Its leaves have 5-7 lance-shaped leaflets (D). The showy flowers, gray on the outside and maroon on the inside surfaces, form dense clusters (racemes).
Found in moist ditches and along stream banks climbing other vegetation or wires. In Fontenelle Forest, uncommon; one plant was found on a guy wire along Camp Gifford road near the railroad tracks. It was flowering in early September. In 2012 several plants were found along South Stream Trail.
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