Haemanthus barkerae is a rare deciduous, winter growing geophyte that has a thick fleshy bulb and two strap-like or tongue-like leaves with purple-maroon markings on the underside. This is a clumping species that grows up to 20 cm high. The flowers are pinkish with yellow stamens. It flowers in March-April (late summer - early autumn) after which the leaves will show. This seems to be a very variable species.