The leaves are silvery green, forming a dense rosette. When in bloom, only the inner leaves turn red. The outer ones usually stay green. It is a very graceful plant, which forms clusters. They vary greatly in size, but as an adult plant it reaches between 8 – 10 cm high. There is a Mexican variety which is generally smaller 5 -6 cm high. The violet flowers emerge from the centre of the plant on abbreviated spikes deep within the plant. It is a durable species. With its attractiveness and size, they are ideal to locate on a windowsill where it can receive strong light. In its natural habitat it is exposed to the full intensity of the elements. It is suitable for terrariums. A favourite species.