Eriosema burkeii is a short, erect herbaceous perennial plant, producing a single to a few branched stems 10 - 45cm long from a large woody rootstock that contains a red dye. Branches are upright and leads to a compact form. Leaves are trifoliate with prominent venation and is hairy. The yellow flowers often have red-tinted veins.
Eriosema burkeii is very hardy and an ideal companion in a grassland mix.