Stems up to 2 m tall, roots tuberous. Leaves oval in outline, cut to about two thirds the length of the blade into 3-5 lobes with few hairs on the veins. Flowers in a cluster of upright branches, deep purple outside; summer. Fruit follicles usually 3.
C & W China
Leaves cut to about two thirds of their length; flower stalks hairy.
Source: (1997). Ranunculaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
(a. ×arendsii Hort.) Flowers with a richer purple colouring than the type.