The plants grow to 45 cm high. The young, leafless stems are light green and coiled, with the coils becoming looser with age. They grow in both a horizontal and vertical direction. By winter, the stems become a yellow-brown or tan colour. Flowers are both rare and insignificant in terms of the plants appearance. They are yellow-green or light brown. It prefers a situation in sun or partial shade and acidic soil. The plants require permanent water, ideally between 5 and 10 cm deep, or continual irrigation. It is suited to container cultivation and can be used as a houseplant.