This group of desert plants is briefly named Mesembs because they belong to a botanical family formerly named Mesembryanthemaceae. There are almost 2.000 species, mainly found in Southern Africa, with extreme adaptations to dry habitats. Some are called "living stones", as they look like pebbles. Many are easy to grow and their main need is full sun. Some are difficult because they grow in truly extreme areas.
Our Web Shop offers sun grown healthy plants, with compact and colourful leaves. Some plants are sold as cuttings, and others as rooted plants, of at least two years old.
Four 15-20 cm cuttings. Creeping, fast growing succulent plant with bright pink-red flowers in summer. This hybrid Aptenia is the perfect groundcover for gardens in coastal mediterranean climates. This is called Aptenia 'Red Apple' in the USA.
Pink flowered form of an easy, creeping species, often used as a ground cover. It has beautiful glaucous leaves, triangular in section. Abundant bright flowers in winter, spectacular. It grows wild in the Ceres Karoo in a winter rainfall area. Protect from heavy frost .
Cont.= 6 cm. Compact, clumping plant, 6-15 cm in diameter, with a central rootstock. Dark green or reddish leaves and white, 1,5 cm flowers. Native to the Uniondale district of the W. Cape of South Africa. Winter-growing but enjoys some summer rain.
The "King of the Glotts" is said to be the largest of all the species in the genus Glottiphyllum. Leaves can get quite red when somehow stressed, It is easy to grow, and just as the rest of the genus Glottiphyllum it is chiefly winter-growing but it does not have a true resting season.
Lithops lesliei is a rather easy to grow living stone which is hypervariable as it occurs in a very wide area of South Africa. This form, albinica, is especially attractive because the whole plant turns golden yellow or bright green depending on the season.
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