Capeweed is a low growing, semi-upright plant, which means that the stems of the plant don’t grow straight up in the air, they grow out at an angle to the ground to form a rosette. This growth continues until the plant starts to mature and produce flowers, which tend to grow more vertically and can reach up to 30 cm in height.
Capeweed leaves are elongated in shape ranging 5–25 cm long and 2–6 cm wide, with each leaf broken up into tooth-shaped sections that run from the base of the stem to the tip. The leaves themselves can be slightly hairy on the upper surface, with a white felt-like underside.
The flowers are usually about 2–6 cm across with dark purple centres and numerous yellow petals.