Crassula compacta is a dwarf succulent that is normally found on exposed rocks and low on the ground in moist Grasslands. It is usually one or two compact rosettes of flattened leaves arranged in a spiral around the spike of flowers that bloom in mid-summer. The large flat succulent leaves are a reddish brown colour and have tiny hairs along their margins. During summer a short spike is formed in the centre of the plant carrying masses of small purple flowers with white corollas, these flowers are about 10mm long each. The small flowers are densely arranged on the spike and has been said to have a unpleasant smell. The plant grows in full sun on rocky slopes of the Northern Drakensberg in stony places. It is drought tolerant.
Crassula compacta is a dwarf succulent that is normally found on exposed rocks in moist Grasslands.