The flowers of this Stachys aethiopica plant are white. The dark spots that may occur on the petals are visible on the lower lips of the corollas. Each flower has four arched stamens in pairs of unequal length. Flowers are about 1 cm in diameter. They grow in whorls at the base of leaves near stem tips. The hairy calyx is green with purple tips to the acutely pointed sepals.
Stachys aethiopica is a quite variable species with square stems and aromatic leaves. It was used in traditional medicine.
There are about 300 species of Stachys plants, forming part of the Lamiaceae or mint family. They occur mainly in the southern hemisphere in tropical or temperate climates. The fynbos is home to three of the species (Manning, 2007; Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot).