Commonly low and spreading. Leaves: finely dissected into oblong-obovate segments. Flowers: in short spicate racemes; corolla tubular, irregular; petals four, one of the outer pair spurred at the base, the interior ones narrow, keeled on the back; spur half the length of the body of the corolla. Fruit: pods spreading.

This plant generally grows low upon the ground, the very finely dissected foliage spreading out into large patches that are gemmed by the clusters of golden-yellow flowers, whose form at once suggests that of the Wild Bleeding-heart. When the ripe pods split open they disclose and scatter numerous bright shining seeds.