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Lithops dinteri (Living Stones)

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Scientific Name

Lithops dinteri Schwantes

Common Names

Living Stones

Synonyms

Lithops brevis, Lithops dinteri var. brevis, Lithops dinteri var. dinteri

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Tribe: Ruschieae
Genus: Lithops

Origin

This species is native to Namibia (found south of Warmbad).

Description

Lithops dinteri is a small succulent that produces a pair of fleshy leaves. It grows solitary or forms clumps of usually 2 to 4 bodies. Leaves are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) tall and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide. The sides of the leaves are purplish-green. The upper surfaces of the leaves are flat or slightly convex. They have red dots and range in color from red, brown, grey to cream. Flowers are yellow, daisy-like, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, and appear in fall form fissure between the leaves.

The specific epithet "dinteri" honors Mortiz Kurt Dinter (1868-1945), a German botanist and collector of succulents.

Lithops dinteri (Living Stones)

Photo by Averater

How to Grow and Care for Lithops dinteri

Light: Lithops have adapted to intense sunlight in the wild, so they require a good amount of direct sunlight when grown indoors.

Soil: These plants thrive best in a growing medium that will drain quickly. Use a commercial succulent soil mix or make your own potting mix.

Hardiness: Lithops dinteri can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: Lithops have a specific yearly cycle of growth, and it is important to water only during certain stages, but it is also important to keep the soil dry at other stages of their growth. Never water Lithops deeply when they are dormant.

Fertilizing: These succulents do not need to be fertilized. Lithops will thrive without any feeding. If you decide to feed, use a fertilizer with high potassium and low nitrogen levels.

Repotting: Lithops will happily stay in the same pot for several decades. The common reason for repotting is to divide the plants or to allow space for clusters to grow.

Propagation: If you have multi-headed plants, Lithops can be propagated by division. They are most often grown from seeds.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Lithops.

Toxicity of Lithops dinteri

Lithops are non-toxic and safe to have around children and pets.

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