Metalasia erubescens flowerheads are usually pink, occasionally white. In Afrikaans commonly known as the pienk blombos (pink flower bush), the name is justified only when the plant comes into full bloom; the unopened buds being white in their early stages.
The small individual flowerheads grow at stem tips in large flat-topped clusters. Each flowerhead or capitulum comprises three to five tiny florets, surrounded by three or four rows of the triangular pink bracts.
Flowering happens in spring and summer (Bean and Johns, 2005).