This hardy plant is the only one of the genus, and one of the easiest and accommodating of all houseplants. It is especially useful for the chilliest and most draughty places, where other plants might soon fade away. It originates from western United States and is a vigorous ground cover type of plant growing only about 15cm (din) in height, spreading by means of creeping rhizomes. However, init will form clumps and remain reasonably compact. The foliage is pale green, slightly hairy in texture, and maple-like in shape. At the point where the leafstalk joins the leafa tiny forms. This eventually
grows large enough to weigh down the parent, and in the natural environment the plantlet will when it touches the soil. When tolmieas are grown as pot plants those carrying a plantlet can be removed by hand and placed in separate for . The phenomenon of bearing these has also led to the common name of youth-on-age. In summer, the plant produces about 45cm (1 ft) tall bearing spikes of greenish-white tubular . A shady is suitable and if possible the plant should be raised on a low support to allow stems to cascade over the side of the . Most of the plantlets seem to form at the ends of the stems. The plant is also suitable for small hanging containers or wall pots.