Cyanotis speciosa has slender stems up to 50 cm long, procumbent to sub-erect, growing annually from a swollen, often u-shaped rhizome with long slender roots. Leaves mostly basal with long hairs beneath; sheaths purplish. Flowers are borne in fleshy leaf-like bracts; tepals pink, mauve or blue; stamens embedded in dense blue hairs.The yellow anthers can be seen protruding from the blue powder puff.
Cyanotis speciosa can be a bit straggly, so interplant with grasses or plants that can provide some support. It makes a lovely, colourful display. It can withstand very harsh conditions.