Rubus parviflora is a(n) biennial shrub, which grows 1 m to 2 m in height. This species is commonly found in moist, shady forest habitats at mid to high elevations in the northern Black Hills and Bear Lodge Mts. and often with aspen, birch, and spruce trees. The leaves are simple, alternating, large and maple-like, shallowly 3-5 lobed. Rubus parviflora has white to rarely pinkish flowers that bloom from June to July.