Perennial herb with a fibrous root system. Basal leaves stalked and with 3-5 major divisions that are further divided into linear segments. Leaves below the flower are stalkless and the ultimate divisions linear. Flowers 2-3 together, each to 2 cm wide and with 5-9 perianth segments, red, yellow or white; summer. Fruit of woolly achenes. [a. globosa Pritz., a. magellanica of gardens]
A variable plant; with A. sylvestris (flowers solitary, basal leaves with 5 major divisions) it has given rise to the hybrid A. ×lesseri which has slightly larger flowers that may be purple to yellow, white or pink.
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.