There are many types of landscaping plants in the world today, and many more that are undiscovered. Occasionally there are landscaping plants that are surprises; plants that are not quite what they appear to be on the outside. The lithops plants are one example. Lithops plants are sometimes called living stones or flowering stones because they resemble pebbles. Lithops 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. These hearty plants can be a long-lasting choice for indoor or outdoor decoration. Their heartiness makes them a good choice for use in xeriscaping, a style of landscaping that does not require watering or heavy maintenance. Because lithops plants look so much like small stones, they can blend in very well with their surroundings if they are planted among rocks or gravel.
Lithops plants intricate surface patterns and the flowers they produce once a year make them visually delightful, indoors or out. 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.