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Living Rock in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Pleiospilos bolusii

 

Living Rock

Pleiospilos bolusii is a succulent perennial which can reach a height of 8 cm and a diameter of about 10 cm. This stemless plant has two or four opposite, almost hemispherical grey-green or brownish leaves. The leaves have a deep fissure in the middle and many small dark spots on the surface. A new pair of leaves is produced each year. The daisy-like flowers are yellow-orange and emerge from the center of the leaves. They bloom in the afternoon and close at sunset.

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plant Features
  • Living Rock likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Living Rock likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Living Rock is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Living Rock likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Living Rock

Latin name

Pleiospilos bolusii

type

Succulent

family

Aizoaceae

ph

5.0 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Living Rock likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Living Rock is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Living Rock likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Living Rock likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Living Rock is 0.10meters x 0.08meters 0.10 M 0.08 M

Pleiospilos bolusii

Pleiospilos bolusii is a succulent perennial which can reach a height of 8 cm and a diameter of about 10 cm. This stemless plant has two or four opposite, almost hemispherical grey-green or brownish leaves. The leaves have a deep fissure in the middle and many small dark spots on the surface. A new pair of leaves is produced each year. The daisy-like flowers are yellow-orange and emerge from the center of the leaves. They bloom in the afternoon and close at sunset.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Living stones thrive best in a coarse, well-drained substrate. Any soil that retains too much water will cause the plants to burst their skins as they over-expand. Plants grown in strong light will develop hard strongly coloured skins which are resistant to damage and rot, although persistent overwatering will still be fatal. Excessive heat will kill potted plants as they cannot cool themselves by transpiration and rely on staying buried in cool soil below the surface.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Propagation of Living stones is by seed or cuttings. Cuttings can only be used to produce new plants after a plant has naturally divided to form multiple heads, so most propagation is by seed. Living stones can readily be pollinated by hand if two separate clones of a species flower at the same time, and seed will be ripe about 9 months later. Seed is easy to germinate, but the seedlings are small and vulnerable for the first year or two, and will not flower until at least two or three years old.

 
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