living rocks

Living Rocks (Pleiospilos nelii)

– Posted in: Garden Plants, Succulents

These odd little African succulents start out egg-shaped, then split open to reveal a smaller capsule that in turn splits open at right angles to the first. In spring, being ice plants, they produce neon-bright, multipetalled, daisylike flowers. Pleiospilos are  tiny water tanks, accustomed to going months--even a year--without rainfall. They're also impossible to pronounce, [...]