Helichrysum rosum, in the Afrikaans vernacular known as bergankerkaroo (mountain anchor Karoo), is a sprawling shrublet reaching heights around 50 cm.
The distribution lies in the south of the Western and Eastern Cape from Stellenbosch and Worcester to Port Elizabeth and what used to be the Transkei. The plant is common in parts of the Little Karoo, growing in clay soils on dry slopes in various veld types.
H. rosum is palatable to game and stock. The vernacular name ankerkaroo for Pentzia incana, one of many karoobossies (little bushes of the Karoo) and a valuable fodder plant, is linked to this one, also a fodder plant associated with mountain slopes.
The species comprising two variations, H. rosum var. rosum and H. rosum var. arcuatum, is not considered threatened in habitat early in the twenty first century, its population stable (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot).