Erect perennial herbs. Leaves both rosetted at base and cauline, pinnate to deeply pinnatifid, reducing in size up stem; stipules usually adnate to petiole. Inflorescence a bracteate cyme, or flowers solitary. Flowers 5-merous; hypanthium saucer-shaped to cylindric; epicalyx lobes usually smaller than sepals; petals yellow or (not in Victoria) white, pink or reddish-orange; stamens numerous; ovary superior, 1 ovule per carpel, carpels and styles numerous. Fruit a head of achenes, styles persistent on achenes, hairy or glabrous, sometimes elongating at fruiting.
About 50 species in temperate and alpine regions, chiefly in the Northern Hemisphere; 2 species in Australia (1 endemic to Tasmania).