Kniphofia breviflora is usually solitary with 6-8 leaves per peduncle and a number of spreading, fleshy, cylindrical roots. The linear leaves can be 40-70cm long. Peduncle overtopping the recurved leaves, 40-80 cm long with a few sterile bracts below the inflorescence. Inflorescence is 5-8 cm long and 2-2-4 cm in diameter, buds yellow-green, often tinged with red, flowers whitish to yellow.
Plant Kniphofia breviflora in a damp spot in full sun. It is at its best if interplanted with grasses.