Senecio nyikensis var. hildebrandtii belongs to the Asteraceae (the Aster family). It is an evergreen herb that is native to central and east tropical Africa, from Nigeria to Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. This herb is upright, succulent, and up to the height of 50 cm. The leaves are ovate, blue-green, and arranged rosulate. The flower-heads are orange-red, and bloom on the long branched stalks.