Rootstock thick. Leaves large, deeply and irregularly palmately lobed, hairy below and on the stalks. Flowers in spring, large, purple with a white bearded centre on long stalks above the foliage; spring.
Grows naturally in dry woodland.
Source: (1997). Violaceae. 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.