Friday, March 27, 2009
Living Stones; Lithops species. Maybe Lithops dorotheae or other mix of species. Lithops were accidentally discovered in Africa by John Burchell in 1811. John picked up an apparently beautiful stone and discovered, to his surprise, that it was a plant! These are fairly easily grown, thorn free and quite beautiful. They like somewhat of a dry rest in the Winter and water during the Spring growing season. Better yet, they can be purchased very inexpensively at most cacti dealers including places like Target and Walmart (if you don't have a cacti dealer nearby) or mail ordered over the web. I found one dealer with a particularly large number of Lithops species and good background information at www.lithops.net.