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Lithops lesliei
  • RHS AGM

Leslie's living stone

L. lesliei is a perennial succulent forming a clump of paired, fleshy pale brown leaves, the ends mottled with deep olive green, with yellow or white flowers in late summer and autumn

Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Brown
Summer White Yellow Green Brown
Autumn White Yellow Green Brown
Winter Green Brown
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Aizoaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Lithops are nearly stemless, succulent perennials forming bodies composed of a pair of very fleshy leaves, the flattish tips bearing translucent dots or patches; daisy-like flowers emerge from the fissure between the leaves

Name status

Correct

Plant range
S Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a loam-based potting compost with added extra grit. Water moderately when in growth; not at all when dormant. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser 2 or 3 times in the growing season

Propagation

Propagate by seed or offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Mealybugs can be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free

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