The young stems of Hermannia althaeifolia match the leaves in velvety hairiness. They are pale beige, becoming coarse and darker with age as they turn woodier, losing their hair.
Growing from a single stem, the plant branches much. It does not resprout after fire. H. althaeifolia enjoys a stable population in habitat in the twenty first century, not considered threatened (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot; www.redlist.sanbi.org).