Latin semi—half, Aquilegia, referring to the close relationship of this genus to Aquilegia.
Tufted perennial herbs. Leaves with 3 major divisions. Flowers in small clusters. Sepals and petals 5, the petals with a small pouch at the base. Stamens numerous. Carpels 5-10 with long styles. Fruit a follicle, 3-5 erect and containing many-seeds [formerly Aquilegia l. in part].
Grown only as S. ecalcarata (Maxim.) Sprague &Hutch. (Aquilegia ecalcarata Maxim.) from W China which has slightly waxy leaves divided 2 or 3 times into 3 and flowers that are generally reddish to purple. The cultivar 'Flore Pleno' has double flowers.
Seed or division.
Similar to Aquilegia but differing in having petals that are slightly pouched at the base rather than spur-like.
6 species from E Asia.
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.