Chorizema cordatum is a bushy, evergreen shrub. The attractive and noticeable flowers are orange and red, 10 to 12 mm in diameter. The heart shaped (or narrower) leaves are 3 to 5 cm long with somewhat wavy edges. Different forms of the species are available, including a yellow-flowered form. Chorizema cordatum is best grown as an under storey plant where its thin, weak branches can be supported by other plants.