The white or cream flowers are in loose spikes, and the buds, like the ensuing woody fruits, are guitar-shaped. The leaves appear fernlike, but are leathery to the touch, and are pinnately divided once or twice into long slender feathery lobes.
This species is not widely cultivated but is a hardy shrub for semi-shaded positions in temperate climates. It will tolerate extended dry periods once established but performs best if adequate moisture is provided. It accepts a range of soils provided drainage is reasonable and will tolerate moderate to severe frost.