This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
Perennial herbs with tufted pinnate radical leaves, the terminal lobe very large. These plants differ from the Potentillas in their pinnate leaves and elongated styles after flowering. About thirty species, from temperate regions of both hemispheres. Name from to stimulate, from the aromatic roots.
1. G. Chiloense, syn. G. coccineum of Lindley.- An erect branching herb about 2 feet high. Flowers in terminal leafy branched loose panicles about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. There are two varieties, one with bright scarlet, and the other with dark crimson flowers; both of them very pretty where there is plenty of space. Native of Chiloe.