A choice herbaceous woodland perennial reaching up to 15 cms high or thereabouts. It is a hardy perennial producing generally thickened stumpy rhizomes from which rise both leaves and flowers. Foliage is deep green and generally palmate although this is not immediately obvious as they are very deeply dissected. Flowers are held on rigid stout stems which bear panicles of numerous small creamy-white flowers. Good red autumn colour. A dwarf form of the species and hard to find.