It is a moderate to fast-growing, mat-forming, evergreen groundcover up to ± 300 mm. The glossy, oval to round leaves are formed in opposite pairs. They are light to dark green depending on the position in the garden, darker in the shade and paler in semi-shade to sunny places. The flowers are petite, charming little stars hence the common name fairy crassula, and appear in masses above the attractive leaves. Plants show a preference for well-composted, deep soils as well as clay soils and occur in partial shade.