A small shrub with green flowers that resemble a bird attached by its beak to the central stalk of the flower head.
The fruit is a club-shaped pod, about 4-5 cm long, which is swollen, hard and velvety.
Typically an erect and hairy stem and an open textured crown, stout woolly branches and rounded dull green leaves.
Easy to germinate and will grow successfully in most temperate to hot climates.
Prefers a light well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and resistant to an occasional frost.