Pebble Plant, Stone Plant
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A genus of about 40 species. The stone-like appearance of these succulent plants helps them to avoid being eaten by blending in with surrounding rocks, hence the common names living stones and stone plants. The plants come in a variety of patterns and colours and produce colourful, daisy-like blooms. They are subterranean in their growth habit and often the top leaves are only just visible above the soil.
Harvest brown seed capsules when ripe, in summer, keep seeds dry until planting.
Sow seeds onto course river sand in autumn. Do not cover, but keep moist with overhead misting to prevent the seeds from drying out. Germination is rather quick, but only plant out after 1 year.
Divide during warm weather in autumn or spring.
During extreme droughts, the plants can pull themselves into the soil in such a way that they actually become semi-subterranean, protecting them from the harsh outside elements!
Popular to grown in containers, the potting medium is very important. It must be a course sandy mix that drains well.
Africa, South Africa
Dry temperate areas.
Soil PH preference
Some species have medicinal value.
Some species are eaten.
White, Yellow, Orange
Generally problem free unless overwatered. Remember to give them a dry season.
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