Lithops lesliei (N. E. Br.) N. E. Br.
Leslie's Living Stone, Living Stone Plant, Living Stones, Mimicry Plants, Pebble Plant, Stone Faces, Stone Plant
Lithops lesliei var. lesliei, Mesembryanthemum lesliei
This species is native to South Africa (found in rocky areas of grasslands and savannah).
Lithops lesliei is a small, almost stemless succulent with soft rootstocks that produces a pair of leaves with the shape of an inverted cone. The leaves come in a wide range of colors, including shades of green, pink, brown, grey, and orange. The flat upper surface of the leaves is up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide and has attractive dark-green translucent markings. The solitary flower is yellow, daisy-like, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, and appear in fall from the fissure between the leaves.
The specific epithet "lesliei" honors T. N. Leslie. The species was collected by Oven, the youngest son of T. N. Leslie, in 1908.
How to Grow and Care for Lithops lesliei
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 lesliei can withstand temperatures as low as 20 to 50 °F (-6.7 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 9a 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 allow space for clusters to grow.
Propagation: Lithops can be propagated by division if you have multi-headed plants, but they are most often grown from seeds.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Lithops.
Toxicity of Lithops lesliei
Lithops are non-toxic and safe to have around children and pets.
Cultivars of Lithops lesliei
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