The flowerheads of Helichrysum cymosum grow on erect stalks well above the surface of the foliage of the rounded shrub. A big shrub may appear almost flat on top. Full sun exposure and summer seasons make the plant look pale grey all over, apart from the bright yellow of the flowerhead clusters.
This one was photographed in March on top of Table Mountain where it is fully exposed and at the end of a long dry season. This plant does not resprout after a veld fire. The species can only grow new plants from seed (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; Manning, 2007).