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Lithops lesliei (Living Stone)


Scientific Name

Lithops lesliei (N. E. Br.) N. E. Br.

Common Names

Living Stones, Stone Plant, Living Stone, Lesliei Living Stone, Pebble Plant


Lithops lesliei var. lesliei, Lithops lesliei subsp. lesliei

Scientific Classification

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


Lithops lesliei is a succulent perennial, almost stemless with soft rootstocks that produce inverse, gray-green to buff, cone-shaped pair of leaves up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide, that are separated by shallow fissure up to 0.2 inch (5 mm) with conjuncted lobes. The tops of leaves have light colored speckles or dots. A single yellow and rarely white daisy-like flower up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide, emerges from the fissure.

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USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

These plants are great collectibles, but require a careful hand with the water. Too much water and the leaves will burst or the plant will die from beneath. If you provide them with good conditions, they will flower in mid-to late summer with white and yellow daisy-like flowers that emerge from between the leaves.

Lithops thrive in full sunlight, so provide as much light as possible. Weak light will cause elongated leaves and washed out patterns on the leaves. Lithops have a definite annual cycle that should be carefully followed. In the summer, as the plants are dormant, it is okay to lightly water them if the leaves shrivel. In general, plants should not be watered during their summer dormancy or during the winter. Warm in summer (household temperatures are fine) and colder in winter months (down to 55˚F/13˚C at night)… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Lithops


Native to Botswana, South Africa (from the Free State to western Transvaal).


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