Lithops is a genus of succulent plants in the ice plant family, Aizoaceae. Members of the genus are native to southern Africa. The name is derived from the Ancient Greek words ????? (líthos), meaning “stone,” and ?? (óps), meaning “face,” referring to the stone-like appearance of the plants.
Then, how do you figure out what kind of succulent you have?
Here are some of the plant characteristics to look for when identifying succulents:
- Leaf – shape, size and thickness.
- Color – of leaves, flowers or stems.
- Markings or bumps on the leaves.
- Flower – shape, color, number of blooms and petals.
- Stem – color, texture, length.
- Ciliate hairs.
- Epicuticular wax.
- Spikes, spines or smooth.
In this regard, how do you take care of a split rock succulent?
“Split Rock” tends to need a bit less water than other succulents. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water sparingly during the winter. Over-watering can cause your “Split Rock” to burst or rot.
How do pebble plants look like?
These succulents are known as mimicry plants, which evolved in the dry southern African climate. They are small and designed by Mother Nature to look like real stones camouflaged by color and angular shapes. Lithops resemble elephant feet. … They range in color from green to brown, but always resemble natural stones.
A great option for identification is an app put together by my friend Jacki at Drought Smart Plants called Succulent ID. You can look at different genera of succulents or search through photos based on characteristics of your succulent.
Keep reading for the top 10 most popular types of indoor succulents.
- Burro’s Tail (sedum morganianum) …
- Crown of Thorns (euphorbia milii) …
- Flaming Katy (kalanchoe blossfeldiana) …
- Aloe Vera (aloe vera) …
- Panda Plant (kalanchoe tomentosa) …
- Pincushion Cactus (mammillaria crinita) …
- Roseum (sedum spurium)
Succulents have unique adaptations that have made them hardy and versatile enough to survive a variety of harsh conditions. Therefore, your succulent should be able to survive on or in rocks so long as they have just enough soil to cover their roots.
The main purpose of placing pebbles on the bottom of the potted succulent plant is to enhance drainage. Succulents and cacti naturally grow in sandy soils that drain quickly. Succulent roots should never be left in wet soil. The rocks help move water through the soil to prevent the roots from rotting.
DON’T use moss in your succulent pots. It looks pretty but it traps moisture and encourages fungi/bacteria. Also avoid non-porous rocks like pea gravel, river rocks, fish rocks, sand, glass marbles, etc. You can use a few rocks here and there as decoration as long as the soil has plenty of air to breath.