Another blooming Mesemb - Lapidaria margaretae
Nice one Al, I really like those.
So doI Amy. This plant is a real oldie. The flowers are nicer than the ancient body. My particular variety of cricket likes to nibble on these. :-(
Very nice Al, I'm hoping I get flowers from mine this season.
A question about this one...do the leaves get replaced by new ones each year like Lithops or do they stay on the plant longer? I'm not familiar with this one, but I do like it very much. This is a monotypic genus, right? I might have to get one of these soon! It would fit in nicely with my growing collection of Mesembs.
Amy, Lapidaria is monotypic. The old leaves do shrivel away, but it typically has two pairs of leaves at a time. Try to limit water so that the newest leaf pair is strong and healthy but allow older leaves to shrivel. Other than that they grow a lot like Lithops here, and are believed to be a kind of ancestral Lithops, or at least a more primitive descendant of an ancestral Lithops.
Very interesting indeed! Thanks Ian.
I hope I'm not boring you all with my constant posting. A goal is to keep a digital record of most of my plants. I also am having a lot of fun with my new toy, the digital camera. Occasionally I feel compelled to share. And very often I learn tons about my plants.
Nowhere near bored! I'm really enjoying seeing some of the less-often-posted types of plants.
Very nice. I grew it for years, until a greenhouse heater failure. Wonderful scent, if I remember correctly.
Dave in Wyoming