Gnidia polyantha is an erect shrub with silky blue-green leaves. The leaves are elliptic to obovate with entire margins and tapering to sharp tips. The stems lower down are bare and grey. The flowerheads grow on the stem tips. The flowers have long hairy corolla tubes and five bright yellow elliptic lobes.
This plant is not threatened at present. It grows in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Free State. It used to be called Lasiosiphon polyanthus (JSTOR).