Densely tufted, from a stout rhizome, 30-80cm tall. Leaves more or less hairy, broadly ovate, cordate, with five to seven prominent pointed lobes set with irregular sharp teeth. Leaf stalks loosely rusty-hairy, the flowering stems similarly clad. Flowers white or pink, in narrow, fairly dense panicles, mid to late summer. South-eastern U.S.A. in damp woodland and on rocky slopes. H.v. var. macrorhiza has even more robust rhizomes, broader leaf lobes and densely hairy leaf and flower stalks. There are however, many intermediates with H. villosa itself, sometimes designated H.v. var. intermedia.