Yes they're alive! Native to Eastern Africa, these are ones for experienced succulent growers or for anyone up for a good challenge. They require an abundance of direct sunlight to keep them compact and they have a very bizarre watering schedule. Shortly after blooming at the end of summer, they begin a dormancy period. Even though the plant looks shrivelled like its thirsty, now is not the time to water these plants. In the coming week, they will start to split to reveal a brand new plant from within! During this time, the new plant lives off the energy stored in the old plants leaves. Around late spring when the old leaves have completely shrivelled up is when you can commence watering season!