This plants habitat is Huisrivier Canyon; Calitzdorp area, South Africa. Similar to D. elephantipies when young, although D. hemicrypta grows an irregular shaped caudex which can be smooth or rough. It also usually grows most of its caudex above ground. It is primarily a winter grower, but when young can grow all year long. It grows best in light shade but keep the caudex in full shade. Like all caudex plants, the caudex will grow faster if left under the soil for the first few years of growth. Give the plant moderate to regular water during the growing period and little while it is dormant, about have as much. The flower is small and has a greenish color.