Pachyphytum compactum is a short stemmed, tightly branched, succulent with closely set rosette near the crown. This succulent tend to grow both in height and in width, giving origin to a rounded shrub. Leaves are distinctively patterned with lots of nice colour (especially when stressed by cold or drought).
Stems: Compact, rarely above 10-12 cm (or longer if pendent especially in cultivation)
Rosettes: Of 20-60 very close leaves set at right angles to the stem 2,5-5 cm across.
Leaves: Very fleshy, short cylindrical to chubby pointed, but somewhat flattened grey-green heavily veined with white and more or less purplish, somewhat glaucous, 2 to 2,5 cm long; The imprint from the neighbouring leaves gives the plant a distinctive appearance.
Flowers: Its short flower stalk bears but few flowers, dark red with greenish tips with typical scale-like appendages.
Blooming season: Spring.