This is a small stemless succulent, a small genus of 5 species and Pleiospilos bolusii with its split rock appearance and grey green leaves is sought after by succulent collectors.
From the Eastern Cape area of South Africa, this is a succulent that grows well in containers, requires very little care and rewards you a fascinating looking plant year-round and bright yellow daisy like flowers in spring to summer.
This is low growing succulent reaching only around 10cm (4 inches) in height with a similar spread. It has evolved over time to mimic its surroundings and this protects it, mainly from being eaten by browsing animals and birds.
Pleiospilos bolusii Care
Dormant in the hot summer months Pleiospilos bolusii requires good light, full sun to a little afternoon shade. Care is much the same as for other Pleiospilos species and Mesembs
- A free draining potting mix is essential. A specialist cactus and succulent potting mix is suitable.
- Use a tall pot to allow for the long tap root.
- Commence watering in late summer, always allowing the soil to dry between waterings.
- In winter the plant will begin to split, it will form new leaves and these replace the old leaves. During this period hold back on watering, wait until the old leaves have fallen away before increasing watering.
- Protection from frosts is essential
- Regular watering is generally restricted to during flowering.
Other Pleiospilos Varieties
Best from seed, also possible from division.