The variegated shape of this plant presents the typical yellow areas or streaks due to the lack of chlorophyll, which make each plant unique in its kind and for this reason much sought after by collectors. In its normal form it is a slow-growing succulent, which in nature can reach up to 60 cm in height and 75 cm in diameter. It has a compact rosette, consisting of fleshy spatula-shaped leaves, greyish-green, up to 50 cm long and 8-10 cm in diameter and dusted with a dense whitish plum that protects the plant from the intense sun. The margins are covered by small brown teeth, arranged at a distance of about 1 cm from each other, each leaf ends in a rigid spine of dark brown or blackish color. In summer it produces bright yellow flowers.