The illustrated species is native to South Africa, with a range extending to the southern part of the Arabian peninsula.
Because it flowered only rarely, this small shrub did not become a popular house plant until growers grafted it on tostock and so obtained profusely flowering specimens. The are usually crooked and terminated by clusters of obovate , 3-10 cm (1-4 in) long and 3 cm (1 inch) wide. The are very glossy on the upper side and dull green beneath, faintly hairy at first, later glabrous. The , arranged in umbels, are pink, with the petals edged a darker hue.
To encourage flowering, provide plenty of light throughout the year. The plant thrives at normal room temperature and can tolerate a lower temperature at night, so it can be moved outdoors to a sheltered spot in summer. Water liberally except in winter.