Gerbera ambigua sprouts annually from a fleshy rootstock The leaves form a basal rosette; shiny green above, densely covered in white velvet below. The yellow or white solitary flowers are borne on long stalks, up to 40cm. This species is highly variable in terms of leaf structure and inflorescence colour.
Gerbera ambigua is best when interplanted with grasses but is equally happy on a rockery. It looks very similar to Haplocarpa scaposa.