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A most unusual and very rare dwarf species with short, succulent, very tough, blue green leaves that form dense, stemless clusters of small, upright rosettes to 80 cm (3 ft.) tall. Its inflorescence must be the smallest in the genus, not exceeding the leaves in height. Native to a small, very dry area in the Chihuahua Desert in southern Coahuila, Mexico, between 1000 and 1200 m (3300 and 3900 ft.), it has remained obscure and virtually unknown in cultivation. It is best suited to the desert garden, can take moderate freezes with ease and will make a very unusual and easy care ground cover.