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Aloinopsis schooneesii (Living Stone)

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Scientific Name

Aloinopsis schooneesii L.Bolus

Common Names

Living Stone

Synonyms

Nananthus schooneesii

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus: Aloinopsis

Description

Aloinopsis schooneesii is a tuberous-rooted succulent that forms dense mats of small, clustered rosettes. Leaves are chubby, dark blue-green with fine texture and up to 0.5 inch (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 inch (1.3 cm) in diameter. They appear from the end of winter to beginning of spring and open in late afternoon or early evening.

Hardiness

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 to extremely cold hardy and bloom in the winter.

Aloinopsis can be cultivated in the ground or in 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 doesn'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.

Origin

Aloinopsis schooneesii is native to South Africa.

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