It’s mainly found in the Cape province, in south-western Karoo (a semidesert in South Africa), and from near Worcester to Willowmore and Mossel Bay, in little Karoo. It commonly grows in the lower slopes, in gravelly soils.
It is a perennial with little branches stems grouped in a dense rosette, and fibrous roots. It finally becomes a small shrub. Leaves are ob-triangular, heart shaped, crested at the apex, light green to brown orange, with a red margin on the broadest, apical part. Red spots are occasionally present upon the leaf, mainly restricted on the upper half. The inflorescence is a grey-green thyrse ( a cluster-like inflorescence). Flowers are yellowish-green, almost white sometimes, 1 centimeters long. The flowering period is from November to January.
This plant doesn’t like too much sun. It prefers bright positions, but not under direct sun light. It’s drought tolerant, so water it more or less twice a month in spring and summer, its growth season, and once a month in winter. It can survive at a minimum temperature of 5ºC. It requires well drained soils to imitate the gravelly slopes which are its natural habitat.
The best method to propagate it is leaf cutting, which consist in putting a leaf, cut using a sharp knife, in soil, and wait until it has put roots.
The name ” Adromischus” comes from the ancient Greek adros (=thick) and mischos (=stem).