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Lithops are commonly called living stones, and they really do look like small stones, are a fascinating plant suited for growing in pots indoors. These are a plant that are increasingly popular and with more varieties available for sale each year, you to could get the Lithop collecting bug.

In the natural environmnet they would be easy enough to walk past and hardly notice, however grown in a container they become one of the most fascinating of all of the succulents.

The intricate patterns on the tops of these tiny succulents make them some of the most fascinating plants to grow. Species such as L. dorotheae, L.pseudotruncuatella, with its amazing yellow flower, the white flowering L. karasmontana and the ever reliable L.dorothreae (pictured right) are all worth seeking out.

Lithops do flower, and despite the complex look, they are surprisingly easy to grow.

Although you could grow Lithops from seed, for a beginner we recommend buying some established plants. You can grow them indoors and learn a little about them, before becoming addicted.

Summary Information

  • Category - Succulents
  • Botanical/Scientific Name - Lithops
  • Family - Aizoaceae
  • Common Name - Living Stones
  • Species - Around 39 species
  • Plant Type - Perennial
  • Growth Habit - Low growing
  • Origin - Southern Africa
  • Light - Morning sun - light afternoon shade
  • Soil - Well drained
  • Fertiliser - Not generally required more than once a year.
  • Watering - Dry in winter, every 2 - 3 weeks in summer allowing the soil to dry between watering.
  • Height - Low growing 2cm to 8 cm
  • Spread - Generally 3 - 5 cm
  • Growth rate - Medium
  • Foliage - One pair of modified leaves each year.
  • Flower - White to Yellow, occasionally Orange.
  • Flowering Time - Fall to Winter
  • USDA Zone - Zone 11 (All zones indoors)
  • Propagation - Seed or Division
  • Frost Tolerant - No
  • Drought Tolerant - Yes
  • Suited to coastal conditions - Generally not suited.

Lithops or Living Stones are popular in the following States : Oregon, California, Florida, Texas ,New York, Minnesota, Michigan


  • L. aucampiae.
  • L. dinteri.
  • L. divergens.
  • L. dorotheae.
  • L. gracilidelineata.
  • L. hallii.
  • L. hermetica.
  • L. hookeri.
  • L. karasmontana.
  • L. lesliei.
  • L. marmorata.
  • L. pseudotruncatella.
  • L. schwantesii.
  • L. verruculosa.
  • L. viridi.


The species can be propagated from seed.

It is possible to propagate them from cuttings, however this is a very difficult process.

They are reluctant to set roots from cuttings.

Lithops are available for sale from the following specilaist nurseries.