The flower colour of Dorotheanthus bellidiformis subsp. bellidiformis is highly variable. It may bear yellow flowers uniformly as here, but white, red, purple or pink flowers are often seen. In addition, bicoloured flowers with white or yellow petal bases are quite common. To add to the assortment, flower centres may be yellow, red or dark. The pedicels of the solitary flowers may be 2,5 cm long. Flowers may measure 2 cm to 3 cm across.
The tufted plant produces paddle-shaped leaves, covered in glistening bladder cells. The ice plant name persists, although the effect referred to is created by water storage surface cells. The habitat is sandy soil on coastal flats. This photo was taken in February on the coast south of Lambert's Bay. The soil here is very sandy (Manning, 2007; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984).