A genus comprised of perennials, biennials, and annuals, with more than 300 species. The most cutlivated species are herbaceous, semi-evergreen, evergreen, and tuberous perennials. The leaves are normally five pointed, palmate, and in most species are deeply divided into lobes. This genus is widely cultivated in Europe for its' range in authentic color and leaf styles, as well as, fragrant leaves. The saucer or star shaped flowers are borne in dense cymes (branched flowering stalk), umbels (stalked flowers borne from a single point on flowering stem;yarrow,dill-like), or panicle-like inflorescence's (flowering types).