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Lithops olivacea
  • RHS AGM

olive-green living stone

L. olivacea is a succulent perennial making a clump of pale beige, fleshy leaves mottled with dark olive-green on the tips, with white-centred yellow flowers 3-4cm across in late summer and early autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, 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
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in cactus compost with added leaf mould in full light. Water freely during the growing season and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Keep dry at other times

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 19-24°C (66-75°F) in spring or early summer, or remove offsets in early summer

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

No pruning required

Pests

Aphids and mealybugs may occur

Diseases

Usually disease free

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