Devil's Club is a common sight throughout Southeast and Southcentral Alaska where moist weather and milder winters create the perfect growing environment. This brilliantly green plant is a perennial shrub that is erect at times but also can grow along the ground like a vine before sending shoots upwards again. Each plant is branched near the ground and can grow up to 15' tall. The stems are 1-2" in diameter and thickly covered with yellow spines that are ferocious. Tangling with a spine - or 20 - can be a painful proposition because they are very delicate and have a tendency to break off under the skin. The Devil's Club leaves are maple-leaf shaped, toothed, up to 2' wide, and have spines on their underside and on the leaf-stalks. The plant puts out flowers that are tiny, white, and in compact clusters at the tops of the stems. These flowers give way to bright red berries that are a favorite of black bears.