Didymaotus lapidiformis (Marloth) N.E.Br.
Spirit Stone, Stone Plant
Didymaotus lapidiformis is a compact succulent with two opposite fleshy triangular leaves that lie flat on the ground. Paired flowers are borne at each side of the leaves. Flowers are either white, pink or silver pink. They are up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter and appear in summer. The plant lives for about 20 to 25 years in its natural habitat.
USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The basics of Mesemb care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the mesembs' adaptability and follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
Mesembs require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.
Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to the freezing point. Some Mesembs begin to grow in the autumn as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.
Because different genera within the Mesemb family have different growing conditions, care must be taken with watering. Some genera will benefit from light spray water to prevent shrivelling during their dormant period.
See more at: How to Grow and Care for Mesembs
This species is native to South Africa (Western Cape).
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