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Aloinopsis schooneesii (Living Stone)


Scientific Name

Aloinopsis schooneesii L.Bolus

Common Names

Living Stone


Nananthus schooneesii

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus: Aloinopsis


Aloinopsis schooneesii is a tuberous succulent that forms dense mats of small, clustered rosettes. Leaves are chubby, dark blue-green with fine texture, and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) long. Flowers are yellowish-bronze with a darker line that runs through the center of each petal, daisy-like, and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) in diameter. They appear from the end of winter to the beginning of spring and open in the late afternoon or early evening.


USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

These plants are popular among collectors. They prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage. Aloinopsis are winter growers and need plenty of light. Most are somewhat extremely cold-hardy and bloom in the winter.

Aloinopsis can be cultivated in the ground or a container. They will grow in the cooler parts of the year and flower in winter if it gets good light. Direct sunlight is essential to bloom well. Aloinopsis is probably dormant in summer, so it is usually recommended not to water much in summer. Don't be surprised if they don't grow at that time, but although Aloinopsis are better treated as winter growers, they will grow anyway in summer if given water. They should be fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.

They are propagated by seed or division. Unfortunately, Aloinopsis are prone to red spider mites and root rot.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Aloinopsis.


Aloinopsis schooneesii is native to South Africa.


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