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Conophytum praesectum 'Living Pebble'



Conophytum praesectum, commonly known as 'Living Pebble,' is a fascinating succulent plant belonging to the family Aizoaceae. It is renowned for its unique appearance, resembling a small, rounded stone or pebble. The plant consists of paired, fleshy leaves that are fused together and often have a cleft or slit at the top. The leaves range in color from grey-green to reddish-brown and may be covered with fine hairs or a powdery coating. During its growing season, 'Living Pebble' may produce small, daisy-like flowers that can be yellow, pink, or white, emerging from the center of the plant.



Conophytum praesectum is native to the arid regions of southern Africa, particularly found in Namibia and South Africa. It grows in rocky, sandy soils, often in areas where it can camouflage among stones or gravel.


Care Sheet:



  • Requirement: Bright, indirect light to partial shade.
  • Details: Conophytum praesectum prefers bright light conditions. If grown indoors, place it near a window with filtered light or in an east- or west-facing window. Avoid prolonged exposure to intense, direct sunlight, which can cause leaf damage.


  • Requirement: Minimal watering.
  • Details: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the plant's active growing season (typically autumn to spring), water lightly as needed. Reduce watering significantly during the summer dormancy period to prevent rot.


  • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
  • Details: Use a specialized succulent or cactus mix, or create a blend with sand, perlite, and a small amount of organic matter to ensure excellent drainage. The soil should be gritty and porous to mimic its natural habitat.


  • Requirement: Moderate temperatures.
  • Details: Ideal temperatures range from 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C) during the active growing season. Protect the plant from temperatures below 50°F (10°C) and avoid sudden temperature fluctuations.


  • Requirement: Low humidity.
  • Details: Conophytum praesectum thrives in dry, low-humidity conditions. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues and maintain overall plant health.


  • Requirement: Minimal fertilization.
  • Details: Fertilize sparingly with a diluted, balanced fertilizer during the growing season (spring to early autumn). Avoid applying fertilizer during the dormant summer period.


  • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
  • Details: Repot only when necessary, typically every few years or when the plant has outgrown its container. Handle the plant carefully to avoid damaging its delicate leaves and roots.


  • Requirement: Seeds or division.
  • Details: Propagate Conophytum praesectum from seeds or by gently dividing mature clumps. Allow seeds to germinate in a well-draining soil mix, and carefully separate offsets from the parent plant, ensuring each division has sufficient roots for successful establishment.


By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Conophytum praesectum 'Living Pebble,' appreciating its unusual appearance and resilience in your succulent collection.


Conophytum praesectum 'living pebble'

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