This fast growing erect shrub is very common in Steenbok. Its big, oval leaves are soft, hairy and dark green. The flowers are produced in axillary clusters and have two lips which curl back like a miniature florist’s ribbon (hence the common name). H. aristata is frequently found in the shade and flowers just before winter when most other plants are past their prime.
This shrub is visited by bees, flies and other small insects providing a source of food for many insectivorous birds.