It is a succulent plant producing a stalk about 1m tall, which dies back after flowering. It forms a basal rosette of large, rounded, fleshy, stalkless leaves, which are grayish-green with red margins, covered with a white powdery bloom. The inflorescence is terminal and erect with densely clustered thyrse-like panicles of greenish waxy flowers with yellow recurved lobes, narrowly urn-shaped. The plant flowers from autumn to spring, and is common in grassveld amongst rocks.
- Light: Full to partial sun
- Water: “Soak and dry” method
- Soil: Fast-draining
After flowering the plant gradually produces its seed before drying out and dying completely. Many thousands of dust-like seeds are produced and dispersed into the wind by the dead stalk, which persists after the plant dies. Although the main plant does die after flowering, it usually produces many small plantlets from the base, which can be removed and grown on to become new plants.