Avonia papyracea is a dwarf perennial succulent species with an interesting appearance. This ornamental succulent has several branches radiating from a central rootstock, all bearing leaves covered in small, silvery-white, overlapping scales. Leaves are small, green and fleshy, measuring approximately 0.8cm in length and 0.3cm in width. Delicate cream-white flowers last only an hour or two, but have a pleasant fragrance. The flowers have 5 rounded petals and yellow anthers in the centre. This plant can survive with very little water being from the desert Karoo region of South Africa. It may be grown indoors and outdoors, dependent on the climate.