Lithops fulleri

Known as living stones, this decorative plant is unique and eye catching. The Lithops fulleri is simple to look after, suitable for home gardeners of all levels.


Lithops fulleri are also known as living stones and they are a member of the Aizoaceae succulent plant family.

They are native to South Africa. The species is extremely distinct with its creamy, gray color. A near stemless plant that grows beautiful leaves during summer and autumn.

A relatively easy plant to grow due to its ability to handle a wide spectrum of temperatures.

Foliage: The foliage is cone shaped with an elliptic outline that grows to around 25mm high with a width of up to 30mm. It divides itself into two conjunct lobes.

Flowering: The plant flowers during the summer months and into fall where a white flower that is similar to a daisy grows from the fissure.

Displaying: Ideally, the plant prefers a position that will give it as much sunlight as possible. Therefore, placing it in a south or west facing position will ensure that it gets the exposure it needs. However, it is important to remember that the plant will not thrive in a cold drafty environment.

Care level: The Lithops fulleri is a tough plant due to the location from which it originates and this makes it relatively easy to care for.

It does not need regular watering and during the winter months it does not require watering at all although it does no harm to water it every few weeks.


Origin: Africa
Names: Lithops pseudotruncatella (botanical/scientific).
Max Growth (approx): Height 1cm - 10cm max.
Poisonous for pets: Not known, but it's unlikely a pet will chew on this type of foliage, although they could be curious.

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Lithops fulleri Care

Temperature: Due to its origin, the Lithop furelli can handle a broad range of temperatures. However, the plant will thrive better at a more consistent temperature of around 65°F -75°F.
Light: The plant will benefit from plenty of light and this means that it should be facing south or west in order to receive as much light as possible. It is important for the plant to receive the maximum amount of light during the winter months when it's growing.
Watering: Following new growth after the winter months, the plant can then be watered. The plant benefits from the pot drying out before being watered again and during the summer months it should be watered every couple of weeks or more. During the winter months the plant can be kept dry.
Soil: The Lithop Fulleri prefers a soil that is sandy and gritty and therefore drains well as they can rot if drainage is not sufficient. Cactus potting mix is a good soil.
Re-Potting: They can stay in the same pot for many years and they generally grow better when they are in their own smaller individual pots as larger containers can lead to poor flowers. Repot before it is due to be watered for the first time in spring and place in a soil that drains well.
Air Humidity: It will grow well in a room that has an average humidity and air circulation can help although it should not be placed in an area that is susceptible to drafts.
Propagation: It is possible to propagate dividing the offsets grown from the parent plant. The best method is to propagate by seed sown at a temperature of around 19°C - 21°C. The best time to propagate is during the months.
Fertilizer: Using fertilizer with this plant could lead to the tissues of the plant weakening which can then develop into rot. If they are fed, a grower only feeds them once during the winter growing period.

Potential Problems

A number of insects are attracted to the Lithop Fulleri although plants that have been maintained correctly are likely to remain pest free. This is particularly true if it grown using a mineral potting mix with the correct exposure and air flow.

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