Also known as fairy elephant’s feet because of the shape of its tube-like leaves, this perennial succulent is native to rocky grasslands in South Africa. It has theremarkable ability to shrink during periods of drought to protect itself, sometimes disappearing under the soil.
A smaller succulent, it grows in rosettes up to 3cm across. Leaves are club shaped, up to 2cm long, with a translucent tip to allow light in. Flowers can grow up to 4cm wide, typically a bright purple with a white centre. Blooms appear during summer.
A summer grower, it requires plenty of water during the warmer months. Often growing on gravel and rock plates in the wild, it needs a coarse soil.
Can cope with temperatures down to approximately 0°C, but not recommended, treat as frost tender.