Leaves of dudleya farinosa
are typical of succulents, being short, thick and pointed, growing in a tight basal rosette. Plants readily form clusters and produce tall flower stalks in summer which have a few tiny leaflets at intervals and are topped by a branched cluster of yellow flowers, turning orange then brown as they wither. Specimens from different locations may be quite variable in appearance, especially as regards leaf color and shape. Flower stalks originate from the base of the leaves, unlike some similar succulent species where they grow from near the center of the rosette.