Outdoor Landscaping With Lithops
There are many types of landscaping plants in the world today, and many more that are undiscovered. But occasionally there are plants that are surprises, plants that are not quite what they appear to be on the outside. The genus Lithops is one example. Lithops landscaping plants are native to the sunny, warm climates of Southern Africa, and they were first recorded in the early 1800s by W. J. Burchell. Today, lithops can be found all over the world in decorative settings and botanical gardens. Because lithops look so much like small stones, they can blend in very well with their surroundings if they are planted among rocks or gravel. This camouflage technique protects them from being eaten by animals, which adds to their longevity and reduces the amount of maintenance they require.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that lithops aren’t interesting to look at. These landscaping plants intricate surface patterns and the flowers they produce once a year make them visually delightful outdoor. In fact, if they are cared for, they can become even more interesting to look at as houseplants than they are in the wild. That’s because, in the wild, old leaves usually die and fall off as new leaf pairs emerge. With a little attention, however, the old leaf pairs can survive alongside the new leaves, creating an even more fascinating stony look.