Stems leafy and with tuberous roots. Leaves cut more or less to the base into 5-7 leaflets, often slightly hairy above and below. Flowers in dense clusters occasionally with short side branches, blue to purple, helmet wider than high, spurs straight; summer. Fruit follicles usually 3.
The common name Wolfsbane refers to its one-time use as a wolf poison.
The leaves and roots are the source of alkaloids used in pharmacy.
Leaves deeply cut; flower helmet broad.
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.