Rain or shine, day of night, Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter; in South Africa we have a year-round floral display. Lithops (living stones) originate from Southern Africa including Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Most species are found along the Orange River along the borderline between the three countries. It’s their time of the year now.
The genus lithops, originating from Southern Africa with the ‘epic centre along the Orange River along the borders with Namibia and Botswana, consists entirely of little stones look alike plants. Sometimes people even walk over these ‘stones’ without realizing it except ladies with high heeled pumps…. And except when they are flowering of course. And they are flowering now and these flowers are amazing.
Lithops are an amazing genus within the plant family of the Aizoaceae. These little suckers are also named living stones and you’ll find many of them in Southern Africa. If you search for them along the banks of the Orange River near Aurabies Falls in the Northern Cape it might be that you are walking on them so much stone-alike they occur in nature. The one in the pot is a gift from one of our plant friends and we look after it as we’ve grown it from seeds ourselves. There are more local names for this ‘little rocker’. What about ‘Bok Voetjies’ (Deer Feet) or ‘Baba Boudjies’ (Baby Buttocks)?
In South Africa ‘Baby Buttocks’ is one of the many names given to this Lithop specie. Lithops (several hundreds of species/hybrids/varieties) originate from Southern Africa and sometimes people walk on them assuming they are walking on stones; hence another name ‘Living Stones’.
The variety in our collection spreads the fragrance of a certain brand of baby powder. Technology isn’t that far yet that I can let you sniff this fragrance.