The pretty crimson or reddish pink flowers of aliciella subnuda
are formed of a slender, slightly tapering tube that opens out into five pointed lobes. Stems, calyx, petals and leaves have a covering of tiny, sticky (glandular) hairs which often cause sand and other particles to become attached.
Flowers form at the ends of thin, branched, leafless stems; leaves grow only around the base, in a compact rosette. The greenish-purple calyx, at the base of the corolla tube, also has five components, and is about a quarter of an inch in length, much shorter than the corolla. The styles and stamens do not project out of the corolla tube.