Scientific name: Lithops
Common name: Living Stones, Flowering Stones
These stones are well-known in the world of succulents and are loved by collectors for their strange shapes and colors. Slow growers have plump leaves with long taproots that grow underground and are very sensitive to over watering.
Quick Look at Lithops
- Full sun to partial shade
- Below average watering needs for a succulent. (See below for additional information)
- Plant grows up to 1″ (2.5 cm) tall
- Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)
- Not cold hardy
- Propagation by seeds
- Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
- Actively grows in Spring and Fall
General Care for Lithops
The addition of liths to a rock garden is fascinating. Their stem should be well-draining, as it grows under the soil.
Since they are sensitive to their environment, they can be tricky for a new grower. In a sunny area of your home, plant Lithops, but do not expect quick growth. There are yellow or white flowers in the late Summer or Fall.
Lithops need less water than other plants. They should not be watered during the winter when they are splitting their leaves. Water only when the leaves begin towrinkle. When starting to water again in the Spring, wait until the outer leaves have fallen and the new growth can be seen.
The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Too much water can cause the leaves to burst.
Where to Plant
If you live in a zone that gets colder than 30 F (- 1.1 C), it’s best to plant this plant in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both full and partial sun.
If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, place a room that gets a lot of sunlight near a southern-facing window.
How to Propagate Lithops
The most successful way of propagating Lithops is through its seeds. The flower can be collected in the Summer or early Fall.
In South Africa, they are known as “cattle hoof,” “sheep hoof” and “horse’s hoof.”.