Adromischus cristatus belongs to the genus Adromischus and is a succulent plant from the family Crassulaceae. Cristatus is found in the eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Adromischus comes from the ancient Greek words for thick and stem.
While Adromischus cristatus is a popular choice, along with several other species found in nurseries, including Adromischus cooperi, featuring purple and green flowers. Adromischus cristatus earned the common name of Crinkle leaf plant and Key lime pie as the leaves are rather crinkly and typically pale green. The plant is also known as Cotyledon cristata. It’s a low-growing plant with small blooms and plants will last for many years with proper care. Adromischus cristatus is a low-growing plant with a typical height of about six inches. The green to gray leaves with tiny hairs grow from thick stems and form a loose rosette. The cristatus variety produces flattened leaves and tends to appear crinkly, giving it the name crinkle leaf plant.