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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

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus: Aloinopsis

Description

Aloinopsis spathulata is a mat forming succulent, up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide. The leaves are tightly held, rounded, blue-grey with prominently warty edges. The flowers are aster-like and bright pink in color.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 5b to 9b: from −15 °F (−26.1 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aloinopsis are popular among collectors. They 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.

Aloinopsis will survive mild frost if kept dry. They can tolerate down to about 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius). They prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage. Aloinopsis should be fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. Remember not to over-water in the summer when they're taking their rest. During the winter months, water only when the soil becomes completely dry. Wet soil quickly causes root and stem rot.. – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloinopsis

Origin

Native to South Africa.

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