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Lithop 'Living Stone'

Lithop 'Living Stone'

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Lithops 'Living Stone', scientifically known as Lithops spp., are fascinating succulents celebrated for their remarkable camouflage and unique appearance. These plants mimic small stones or pebbles, with their flattened, fleshy leaves resembling the texture and coloration of surrounding rocks. They typically exhibit a compact growth habit, forming clusters of paired leaves that can reach a height of approximately 1-2 inches when fully mature.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Lithop spp.

Common: Living Stones, Pebble Plants, Flowering Stones

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Direct
  • Ideal Temperature: 65-80°F
  • Humidity: Low
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering
  • Fertilize: Fertilization is rarely needed. If you choose to fertilize, use a diluted, low-nitrogen cactus fertilizer once a year in the spring.
  • Preferred Soil: Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • Water the soil directly and avoid getting water on the leaves.
  • They do not require much space and prefer being slightly root-bound. Use a shallow pot with good drainage.
  • Can tolerate higher temperatures but should be protected from frost. Ideal nighttime temperature is around 50°F (10°C).
  • In indoor settings, place them in a south or east-facing window to ensure they get plenty of light. Insufficient light can cause the plant to become elongated and lose its compact form.
  • A cactus or succulent mix with extra perlite or coarse sand works well. Lithops need a soil mix that replicates their natural sandy habitat.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Aizoaceae family, which is a large family of flowering succulent plants that includes over 1,800 species.
  • Native to Southern Africa, particularly in Namibia and South Africa.
  • Lithops are known for their mimicry of stones and pebbles, which helps them avoid being eaten by herbivores in their native habitat.
  • Lithops grow very slowly and consist of two thick, fused leaves with a small fissure at the top from which a new leaf pair and flowers emerge.
  • Lithops produce daisy-like flowers in the fall, usually white or yellow, that emerge from the central fissure between the leaves.
  • Lithops are geophytes, meaning they grow partly or entirely underground, with only the leaf tops visible, to conserve moisture.
  • Pet Safe / Nontoxic
  • Low Maintenance

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