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Aloinopsis spathulata (Hardy Living Stone)

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Scientific Name

Aloinopsis spathulata (Thunb.) L.Bolus

Common Names

Hardy Living Stone

Synonyms

Aloinopsis crassipes, Mesembryanthemum crassipes, Mesembryanthemum spathulatum, Nananthus crassipes, Nananthus spathulatus, Titanopsis crassipes, Titanopsis spathulata

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus: Aloinopsis

Description

Aloinopsis spathulata is a charming, mat-forming succulent that grows up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall and spreads up to 12 inches (30 cm) wide. Leaves are tightly held, blue-grey, rounded and with prominent warts. In early spring, it is adorned with bright pink, aster-like flowers that hover just above the foliage.

Aloinopsis spathulata (Hardy Living Stone)

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 5b to 9b: from −15 °F (−26.1 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °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. Do not be surprised if they do not 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 spathulata is native to South Africa.

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