This introduced plant is a biennial or short-lived perennial that is sparingly branched, except where the racemes of flowers occur. It is normally erect and about 23½' tall. The stems are round and pubescent. The alternate leaves are up to 6" long and 2" across. They are lanceolate, pubescent, and dentate with widely spaced teeth along the margins. The lower leaves usually have short petioles, while the upper leaves are sessile and slightly smaller in size. The base of each leaf is well-rounded or wedge-shaped, but never cordate. The upper stems terminate in racemes of flowers about 6-18" long. Each flower is about ¾1" across and long, consisting of 4 rounded petals, 4 linear-lanceolate sepals, several stamens, and a pistil. The petals are bright purplish pink fading to pink or nearly white. The sepals are pinkish green and pubescent. The calyx is cylindrical in shape and has only a narrow opening at the throat of the flower. The pedicels are pubescent and up to 1" long. The blooming period occurs from late spring to mid-summer and lasts about 11½ months. There is a pleasant floral scent that reportedly becomes stronger at night. Each flower is replaced by an ascending silique (cylindrical seedpod) that is about 2-4" long when fully mature. This silique is slightly pubescent and contains several seeds. Each seed is somewhat flattened and ellipsoid-oblongoid. The root system consists of a taproot and coarse secondary roots.