Lithops also known as the “flowering stones” or “living stones” is a genus of succulent plants native to Namibia and South Africa.
Its name come from the greek words “Lithos” means stone and “ops” means face.
Their color and shape cause them to blend itheirrs natural surroundings to protect themselves from animals.
Even field experts have difficulty locating them because of there unique deceptive camouflage.
Another plant which looks similar is the Pleiospilos Nelii (Split Rock Succulent).
Lithops A Novelty Succulent
Lithops is one of the popular novelty house plants and collections for specialist succulent growers. If you want to grow Lithops, seeds and plants are available online and at specialty growers.
If you’re wondering… could I grow these? Here’s what one newspaper reported… “Lithops can be almost as tough as stones too. They’ve adapted to the most inhospitable growing conditions imaginable: sandy deserts that get no rain most of the year.” Read more…