Bergeranthus scapiger is an evergreen plant which grows 60–150 mm high. It has a thick, fleshy rootstock, which, when planted to some extent above soil level, gives the plant a bonsai-like appearance. It is subcaulescent (nearly stemless), with leaves in opposite pairs, the longer one may be up to 150 mm, and the other one a little shorter. The leaves are triangle-shaped in cross section, oblong, tapering, keeled, and form dense clumps. It is a succulent plant that stores water in its thick, fleshy leaves, which makes it drought resistant and able to thrive in dry and hot climates.