The yellow flowerheads of Berkheya spinosa become 2,5 cm in diameter. They grow in small clusters near stem tips. The involucral bracts are green, armed with long straight spines at their tips. Ray florets are elliptic, variable in size and longitudinally furrowed, with notched tips. A dense yellow cluster of deeply five-lobed disc florets protrudes above the rays. Flowering happens after rain, any time from autumn to spring.
There are 75 species of Berkheya in tropical and southern Africa, all but 4 of them found in South Africa. Some Berkheya plants are used medicinally (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; Shearing and Van Heerden, 1994).