Helichrysum retortum is a spreading perennial herb with small, pointy, silvery leaves that curve backwards and may form a mat in conducive circumstances. Apart from pretty leaves, its flowers, white everlasting (papery) flowers with yellow centres, are attractive additions to a sunny part of many a garden. It is planted as a groundcover in many parts of the world.
Since its habitat is a coastal winter rainfall area, it is adapted to a dry, windy summer and full sun. It grows in sandy soil from the Cape Peninsula to the coast south of Swellendam.