Smaller than other Ionantha with its upright growth, the Fuego gains it's famed red colouring when close to blooming and when conditions allow. It has purple flowers and is clump forming, readily producing offsets. This plant may not always be supplied with its red colouration as this occurs naturally around flowering season. The Fuego is happiest with moderate watering with bright, sunny light. It will retain it's 'flushed' red colouration longer than other varieties of Ionantha.