No! It's not dead- it's supposed to look like that! Actually, this is a very pretty plant when grown into a specimen- which does not take too long. The stems are irregularly flattened and typically a bright pink color cris-crossed with veins of grey-green. The tiny, 2mm flowers are borne on the tips of the branches and will delight and amaze you- if you happen to notice them! Available plants are growing in 3" deep pots.