A choice woodland perennial which grows from thickened roots in early spring. Rigid stems rise from the ground from February onwards and carry both flowers and leaves, although the leaves usually do not unfold until flowering has almost finished. The flowers are approximately 3 cms wide and are a bright glossy green with numerous petals and bright golden anthers, the whole effect lasting for a considerable time. Similar to A. amurensis in the leaf but the flower is maybe less visible but much longer lasting. Leaves are very finely and deeply cut giving a ferny effect and often unfurl shortly after flowering. These are quite attractive in their own right.