This plant, as well as most of the genus, are subject to lose their leaves from the lower part of the stem, which gives it rather a naked appearance when not in flower; but that is amply compensated by the very handsome appearance of its magnificent bunch of yellow blossoms. It grows to the height of three or four feet, producing but few branches. (Bot. Repos.)
Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 707 in 1753.
Basionym of Aspalathus cordata (L.) R.Dahlgren.
Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 31 in 1798:
This figure was taken from a plant sent to the author, about the beginning of July, in full bloom, by Mr. Colville, nurseryman, of the King's Road, Chelsea; who informs him that he raised it about the year 1795, from seeds which he had received from the Cape of Good Hope.