The true Azorean species with impressive rosettes of thick, leathery, rich green foliage at the ends of low, serpentine, green stems, reaching a maximum of 1m. Yellowy-brown clusters of honey-scented flowers are seen in May/June. The superb foliage is at its very best in winter. A few nurseries incorrectly sell the hybrid E. x pasteurii under this name, though the two aren't that similar. Hardier than E. mellifera, this is generally hardy in the UK, even in cold frost pockets like here, but can be cut back by exceptional cold, only to regrow strongly.