Monanthes polyphylla is an attractive succulent, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. It is native of the Canary Islands, and grows on the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and possibly La Palma. Monanthes are easily grown even in very small pots.
Monanthes polyphylla (so named by Mr Haworth because it present but one flower at a time) is a charming tufted succulent, up to 12 cm tall, with tiny many-leaved rosettes, forming soft, shiny, dense clumps which in June bear numerous small purplish flowers like parasols. It was the first known of the genus Monanthes, and is still the most attractive in this genus. It is a richly branched perennial succulent plant characterized by its distinctly creeping habit that forms dense cushions of many almost equally large rosettes, on slender creeping stems.