The short-stalked, mauve flowers of Selago canescens grow in small, stem-tip heads, formed as compact panicles.
The clustered buds in picture appear berry-like. There is a bract on the pedicel immediately below the calyx that is tubular to cup-shaped and five-lobed.
The narrowly tubular corolla is two-lipped, ending in five, spreading, rounded lobes, one of them longer than the rest.
Flowering happens around midwinter to early spring (Privett and Lutzeyer, 2010; Bond and Goldblatt, 1984; http://pza.sanbi.org).