Adromischus cristatus belongs to the dwarf succulent plants of the Crassulaceae family. This succulent is most common among rocky slopes and shaded cliffs in the Eastern Cape and South Africa. A characteristic feature of the plant is a short stem and reddish hairlike roots.
Adromischus cristatus grows in bunches, forming small rosettes, and has massive leaves with wavy edges and erect stems 2-5 cm (0.7-2 in) tall. The leaves are wedge-shaped and covered with fine hairs.
The plant has a varied color with a shade of green with dark red and purple dots, indicating its growth conditions. Flowering occurs in spring on the stems, after which tubular flowers of different colors appear there.