Diffuse perennial herb, tap-root eventually thick and woody, stems straggling, often forming loose clumps, up to elm long, loosely branched pilose with spreading or somewhat retrorse white eglandular hairs, rarely with some gland-tipped hairs as well, very rarely nearly glabrous or with a few ± retrorse hairs. Stipules deeply dissected, segments linear-acuminate. Leaves with petioles up to ±300 mm long, diminishing upwards, uppermost leaves often on very short petioles, clad in spreading hairs, usually eglandular; blade up to ±90 mm in diam., often ±25-60 mm, digitately 5-lobed about two-thirds of the way to the base, the lobes ± elliptic in outline, shallowly lobed, thinly ± appressed hairy above, sparsely to densely hairy below, these hairs long, ± spreading, eglandular. Peduncles opposite the upper leaves, usually 2-flowered, mostly 20-65 mm long, usually pilose with long spreading hairs, rarely gland-tipped, rarely hairs sparser, shorter or somewhat retrorse. Pedicels ±10-40 mm long, hairy as the peduncles. Sepals (4-)6-8 x (1.75-)2-3 mm, pilose with long spreading hairs, very rarely some hairs gland-tipped. Petals ±7-17 x 2.5-5.5(-7) mm, narrowly obovate, deeply notched, usually white veined pink or red, rarely pink. Rostrum with short fine spreading hairs, occasionally with some long hairs as well, rarely gland-tipped.
Perennial herb, up to 1 m high. Stems straggling. Leaves with median primary leaf lobe of blade shallowly to deeply cut, but not to base of leaf; petioles up to 300 mm long, diminishing upwards, upper leaves with very short petioles, clad in spreading hairs, usually eglandular. Flowers: inflorescence usually 2-flowered, peduncles opposite, pedicels 10-40 mm long; petals narrow, 7-17 x 2.5-5.5 mm, deeply notched; Jul.-Apr.
It is essentially a montane plant growing between 1200 and 2500 m above sea level, where it can be found in damp sheltered places around rocks and on the margins of forest patches, or in marshy grassy places.
Zoutpansberg in the northern Transvaal across the mountains and high ground in the east to western Swaziland, the eastern and north-eastern Orange Free State, Natal, Transkei and the eastern and north-eastern Cape as far west as the Stormberg and the Amatola Mountains.