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LITHOPS

Popularly called "Living Stones", Lithops are some of the world's most fascinating plants! Since their discovery by John Burchell in 1811 when "on picking up from the stony ground what was supposed a curiously shaped pebble, it proved to be a plant", Lithops have been avidly sought by the collector of succulent plants. Resembling the pebbles and stones among which they grow in their African habitat, they have become favorites of the collector of strange and unusual plants. Their subtle colors of gray, brown, rust, green and pink, combined with their fantastically intricate markings, make them most desirable additions to any plant collection.

Being small plants, a representative collection can be grown on a patio table, a sunny windowsill, a shelf in the greenhouse, or under lights, as many apartment dwellers are now doing.

After flowering in the fall and extending through winter, when the new 'bodies' are forming within the old leaves, the latter become soft and flaccid and begin to shrivel. Some may split on the sides from the pressure of the new body inside, and often there will be dry or 'dead' spots on the old leaves at this stage. This is perfectly normal. Eventually the old leaves dry up, leaving the plant with a perfect set of new ones.

CARE: LITHOPS should be allowed to go drier in the winter when the new growth is drawing moisture from the old leaves. At this timewater very lightly, just enough to keep the root hairs alive. Some people say it is easiest to judge if you water as though you are trying to get the dust off the leaves. As the old leaves dry up in the spring, give them more water until the long, hot summer days bring the growing period to a standstill. At this time water lightly as stated above, act like you are getting the dust off the leaves. REMEMBER, you never want the soil to become bone dry. (The root hairs will all die back and when you resume watering there will be no root hairs to begin using the moisture. ) As flower buds appear in late summer and fall, another watering period begins. Tapering off during winter after flowering has ended. Those growing plants under lights will probably need to water a bit more during the winter when the plants show signs of shriveling. No one can tell you exactly how much water your plants need, you must watch them and learn their growing cycle. 


We pot our lithops in our standard succulent medium. It's approximately 50% pumice (perlite works just as well for the plant, though it tends to float.) Two crucial factors in lithops cultivation are fast-draining soil and good air movement.

Nomenclature of Lithops in this catalog is based (mostly) on the book 'Lithops-Flowering Stones' by D. T. Cole.

After the species listed, you will find (Y) or (W) in parentheses indicating a Yellow or White flowering species; the flower color being the same for its varieties unless otherwise noted. Names listed between brackets are Lithops which have had varietal status in the past due to peculiar markings or coloration but have since been reduced to synonomy. However, these special features do exist and are sought after by Lithops collectors.  We select these plants for the desired coloration and markings;  e.g. the very dark open-windowed [Maraisii], form of Lithops lesliei v. venteri.  

Raised from seeds, most of our Lithops are 2 years or older, many are 3-4 and are flowering size. When you buy individual lithops or a collection, you will receive one- to three-headed plants. Larger clumps are available below.

In the publication New Growing the Mesembs by Ed Storms there are twelve pages of full color photos of individual Lithops species. These photos are an excellent reference when deciding which Lithops species to try. (Go to Books for ordering information.)

 

Lithops Collections

We offer 10 different collections, #1, #2, #3, etc.  Each collection contains 10 different adult Lithops, correctly labeled, and at the collection price (saving $10.00)                                                      $30.00

Living Stones Lithops Collection

100 different plants at a substantial savings over the individual plant price.  Dive headlong into this collectable group of plants.                                                                                                       $300.00

 

Go to the bottom of the page for Lithops clumps

 

Liau 1.JPG (134464 bytes) L. aucampiae (Y) $4.00
Liau fl-2.JPG (135666 bytes) L. aucampiae v. fluminalis $4.00
Litauckoe4644.JPG (126754 bytes) L. aucampiae v. koelemanii $4.00
Litauc-Kuru4648.JPG (134093 bytes) L. aucampiae [Kuruman form] $4.00
Libr-1.JPG (140468 bytes) L. bromfieldii (Y ) $4.00
Litbrogla4650.JPG (133295 bytes) L. bromfieldii v. glaudinae $4.00
Libr in flr6.JPG (139601 bytes) L. bromfieldii v. insularis $4.00
Libr me flr1.JPG (136331 bytes) L. bromfieldii v. mennellii $4.00
Lidi br-3.JPG (124086 bytes) L. dinteri v. brevis (Y) $4.00
Litdinfre4653.JPG (120567 bytes) L. dinteri v. frederici $4.00
Lidi amflr-1.JPG (127756 bytes) L. divergens v. amethystina (Y) $4.00
Lido-2.JPG (137188 bytes) L. dorotheae (Y) $4.00
Lifr-1.JPG (127079 bytes) L. francisci (Y) $4.00
Lifu 2.JPG (136333 bytes) L.fulviceps (Y) $4.00
Lifu v la3.JPG (132215 bytes) L. fulviceps v. lactinea $4.00
Litful-Lydiae5539.JPG (129375 bytes) L. fulviceps [Lydiae] $4.00
Lige-1.JPG (124283 bytes) L. gesinae (Y) $4.00
Litgesann4658.JPG (119987 bytes) L. gesinae v. annae $4.00
L. geyeri [Hillii] (W) $4.00
Lithal5541.JPG (142018 bytes) L. hallii (W) $4.00
Lithal-Brown4664.JPG (127934 bytes) L. hallii [Brown form] $4.00
Lihe flr-4.JPG (123751 bytes) L. helmutii (Y) $4.00
Lithoo4671.JPG (114931 bytes) L. hookeri (turbiniformis) (Y) $4.00
L. hookeri v. dabneri $4.00
Lithooele4667.JPG (118369 bytes) L. hookeri v. elephina $4.00
Lithoomar4837.JPG (131274 bytes) L. hookeri v. marginata $4.00
Lithoomar-RedBrown5547.JPG (131515 bytes) L. hookeri v. marginata [Red-brown form] $4.00
Lithoo-subfen4682.JPG (116203 bytes) L. hookeri v. subfenestrata $4.00
Lithoosub-Brun-Viol4686.JPG (123790 bytes) L. hookeri v. subfenestrata [Brunneoviolacea] $4.00
Lithoo-Suz4684.JPG (116289 bytes) L. hookeri v. susannae $4.00
Lithoover5553.JPG (127347 bytes) L. hookeri [Vermiculate form] $4.00
Litjul4692.JPG (121121 bytes) L. julii (W) $4.00
Liju brflr-2.JPG (130607 bytes) L. julii v. brunnea $4.00
L. julii v. fulleri $4.00
Litjul-Littlewood4833.JPG (121618 bytes) L. julii [Littlewoodii] $4.00
Liju Re-1.JPG (125122 bytes) L. julii [Reticulate form] $4.00
Litjulrou5555.JPG (138059 bytes) L. julii v. rouxii $4.00
Lika flr-1.JPG (125462 bytes) L. karasmontana(W) $4.00
Lika aiflr-1.JPG (121416 bytes) L. karasmontana v. aiaisensis $4.00
Lika be flr-7.JPG (123690 bytes) L. karasmontana v. bella $4.00
Lika ebflr-1.JPG (118221 bytes) L. karasmontana v. eberlanzii   $4.00
Lika le flr-1.JPG (126200 bytes) L. karasmontana v. lericheana $4.00
Litkartis4702.JPG (114117 bytes) L. karasmontana v. tischeri $4.00
Litkar-Mick5557.JPG (130740 bytes) L. karasmontana [Mickbergense] $4.00
Litkar-Opal4706.JPG (120431 bytes) L. karasmontana [Opalina] $4.00
Lika Siflr-4.JPG (116624 bytes) L. karasmontana [Signalberg form] $4.00
Litles5560.JPG (123046 bytes) L. lesliei (Y) $4.00
Litlesbur4709.JPG (118330 bytes) L. lesliei v. burchellii $4.00
Litleshor4814.JPG (125059 bytes) L. lesliei v. hornii $4.00
Litlesmar4807.JPG (135892 bytes) L. lesliei v. mariae $4.00
Lile ve Ma-4.JPG (129215 bytes) L. lesliei v. venteri [Maraisii] $4.00
Lile GF-1.JPG (124432 bytes) L. lesliei [Grey form] $4.00
Litles-Kimb4731.JPG (112479 bytes) L. lesliei [Kimberly form] $4.00
Litles-luteov4727.JPG (124415 bytes) L. lesliei [Luteoviridis] $4.00
Litles-Pieter4724.JPG (119141 bytes) L. lesliei [Pietersburg form] $4.00
Litles-Warr5563.JPG (127954 bytes) L. lesliei [Warrenton form] $4.00
Litmar4739.JPG (110889 bytes) L. marmorata(W)  $4.00
Litmar-Frame4742.JPG (128372 bytes) L. marmorata [Framesii] $4.00
Litmar-Umdaus4745.JPG (125056 bytes) L. marmorata [Umdausensis] $4.00
Lina flr-1.JPG (128442 bytes) L. naureeniae (Y) $4.00
Liol_1.JPG (127307 bytes) L. olivacea (Y) $4.00
Litoli-RoseBrown4754.JPG (127736 bytes) L. olivacea [Rose-brown form] $4.00
Litotz4764.JPG (122407 bytes) L. otzeniana (Y) $4.00
Litpseudotrunc5565.JPG (124971 bytes) L. pseudotruncatella (Y) $4.00
Litp-trunc-elis4768.JPG (134989 bytes) L. pseudotruncatella v. elisabethiae $4.00
L. pseudotruncatella v. dendritica $4.00
L. pseudotruncatella [Mundtii] $4.00
Lisa flr2.JPG (134419 bytes) L. salicola (W) $4.00
Lisa Maflr-1.JPG (117923 bytes) L. salicola [Maculate form] $4.00
Litschw5568.JPG (128354 bytes) L. schwantesii (Y) $4.00
Lisc kuflr-1.JPG (128829 bytes) L. schwantesii v. kunjasensis $4.00
Lisc v. ma flr1.JPG (139674 bytes) L. schwantesii v. marthae $4.00
Litschwrug5571.JPG (130658 bytes) L. schwantesii v. rugosa $4.00
Lisc Tr1.JPG (130910 bytes) L. schwantesii v. triebneri $4.00
Litschuri4783.JPG (132916 bytes) L. schwantesii v. urikosensis $4.00
Lisc GFflr-1.JPG (133717 bytes) L. schwantesii [Grey form] $4.00
Litschkui4776.JPG (121551 bytes) L. schwantesii [Kuibisensis] $4.00
Litter4791.JPG (130011 bytes) L. terricolor (W) $4.00
Lite Peflr-1.JPG (131613 bytes) L. terricolor [Peersii] $4.00
Litverr5575.JPG (132492 bytes) L. verruculosa(Y) $4.00
Live Inflr-1.JPG (131025 bytes) L. verruculosa [Inae] $4.00
Liwe-1.JPG (121808 bytes) L. werneri (Y) $4.00

 

SPECIAL LITHOPS

 

Liau SS-2.JPG (132433 bytes) L. aucampiae cv. Storm's Snowcap Red brown body of L. aucampiae with white flowers.  Selected by Ed Storms. $5.00
Libr in su flr1 .JPG (134430 bytes) L. bromfieldii v. insularis cv. sulphurea Small green bodies with tiny markings.  Fast clumper. $5.00
Lifu au-2.JPG (137443 bytes) L. fulviceps cv. Aurea (W) Yellow-green form with white flowers.  Large heads. $5.00
Lika su flr1.JPG (124289 bytes) L. karasmontana [Summitatum] Very attractive color form with orange top contrasting with gray border and sides $5.00
L. lesliei v. minor cv. Witblom Tiny brown L. lesliei bodies with a white flower. $5.00
L. lesliei cv. Albiflora Nice L. lesliei body with white flowers $5.00
Lile ABflr-1.JPG (124147 bytes) L. lesliei cv. Albinica Yellow/green body with pure white flowers 

 

 

$5.00
Lithops clumps available Please note: We only have a certain number of clumps available at any one time. The number available listed is what we have available now. Prices vary by number of heads but also size and age of plants.
Number available Number of heads Name Price

 

Lithops Care

 

LITHOPS should be allowed to go drier in the winter when the new growth is drawing moisture from the old leaves. At this timewater very lightly, just enough to keep the root hairs alive. Some people say it is easiest to judge if you water as though you are trying to get the dust off the leaves. As the old leaves dry up in the spring, give them more water until the long, hot summer days bring the growing period to a standstill. At this time water lightly as stated above, act like you are getting the dust off the leaves. REMEMBER, you never want the soil to become bone dry. ( The root hairs will all die back and when you resume watering there will be no root hairs to begin using the moisture. ) As flower buds appear in late summer and fall, another watering period begins. Tapering off during winter after flowering has ended. Those growing plants under lights will probably need to water a bit more during the winter when the plants show signs of shriveling. No one can tell you exactly how much water your plants need, you must watch them and learn their growing cycle.