Herb to about 50 cm tall. Leaves waxy blue to purple especially below. Flowers few, nodding. Sepals violet, spreading. Petals lilac with a pale yellow tip. Spurs lilac, strongly hooked, to 2 cm long. Stamens not projecting; late spring. Fruit follicles hairless.
Several cultivars are available including 'Alba' which has white flowers.
var. pumila Kudo Plant and leaflets smaller.
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.