This plant was introduced into cultivation from the Canary Islands. It has a very shorttopped by a huge rosette that may be as much as 50 cm (20 in) across. The are sue culent, up to 20-30 cm (8-12 inch) long and 10-20 cm (4-8 in) wide. The scarlet grow from the axils of succulent stipules.
Adult plants require full sun; young plants should be shaded. They stand up well to a dry atmosphere and should be watered, in the morning or evening, only in extremely hot weather. In winter, withhold water almost entirely and place the plants in a light, with a temperature of about 8°C (46° F).