Lapidaria

ariole(z7DE)November 1, 2005

Another blooming Mesemb - Lapidaria margaretae

Al

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Ohio_Green_Thumb(Zone 5b NW Ohio)

Nice one Al, I really like those.
Amy

    Bookmark   November 1, 2005 at 3:42PM
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ariole(z7DE)

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. :-(

Al

    Bookmark   November 1, 2005 at 3:55PM
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cactuspolecat(Tasmania Aust)

Very nice Al, I'm hoping I get flowers from mine this season.

CP

    Bookmark   November 2, 2005 at 3:17AM
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Ohio_Green_Thumb(Zone 5b NW Ohio)

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

    Bookmark   November 2, 2005 at 8:07AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

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.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2005 at 9:02AM
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Ohio_Green_Thumb(Zone 5b NW Ohio)

Very interesting indeed! Thanks Ian.
Amy

    Bookmark   November 2, 2005 at 5:25PM
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ariole(z7DE)

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.

I'm grateful.

Al

    Bookmark   November 2, 2005 at 6:07PM
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ooojen(z4MN)

Nowhere near bored! I'm really enjoying seeing some of the less-often-posted types of plants.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2005 at 7:06PM
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cactus_cowboy(z4 WY)

Very nice. I grew it for years, until a greenhouse heater failure. Wonderful scent, if I remember correctly.

Dave in Wyoming

    Bookmark   November 2, 2005 at 8:18PM
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