The plant has shallow lobed dark green and unscented leaves on long thin stems. The flowers are pink or white and grow in a fairly compact inflorescence of eight to ten. In the wild it has a quite straggly growth habit, but is fairly easy to maintain a compact plant in cultivation.
P. australe is one plant that I would not want to be without in my collection. I find this easy to propagate from cuttings and grow on in a John Innes No 2 compost with lots of added grit.
After a mild and pleasant weekend, the freezing conditions have returned here in the south-east.