Osteospermum polygaloides is a sparsely branched, erect shrub that reaches 2 m in height.
The distribution is in the Western Cape and into western parts of the Eastern Cape. The habitat is sandstone slopes among the fynbos and scrubland where it may grow in sandy or clay soils. The flowers are often seen after fire. This land had experienced one a couple of years before. Ants disperse the seeds. This plant was photographed in the Kogelberg in November.
The species is not considered threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century (Bean and Johns, 2005; Manning, 2007; iSpot; JSTOR; Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010).