LITHOPS: PLEIOSPILOS “ROYAL FLUSH” is a perennial succulent, up to 3.2 inches (8cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, with 2 or 4 opposite, almost hemispherical leaves. The leaves have a DEEP FISSURE in the middle and are usually rose to purple, with many conspicuous raised dark dots scattered over the whole surface. A NEW PAIR OF LEAVES are PRODUCED EACH YEAR. This cultivar has a deep rose flower with a white center. The flower IS DAISY LIKE, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter, and emerges from the center of the leaves. It OPENS IN MID AFTERNOON and CLOSES JUST AFTER SUNSET.
LITHOPS: PLEIOSPILOS “ROYAL FLUSH” is a mesemb cultivars sought after by collectors for its unique purple colouring. More over ‘Royal Flush’ has a deep rose flower with a white contrasting centre while the flower of the true Pleisopilos nelii are golden-apricot.
It is a STEMLESS, perennial, nearly spherical, leaf succulent vaguely reminding for a Lithops and looking like a CRACKED ROCK. Mostly there will just be ONE HEAD, but VERY OLD PLANTS will form TWO AND EVENTUALLY MORE HEADS.
THE BODY of the plant consists of 2 or 4 globe shaped leaves, fused at the base that naturally sit above the surface of the soil and can grow to about a height of 5–8 cm and about 10 cm across. The leaves have a deep fissure in the middle and are usually rose to purple in color with many conspicuous raised dark dots scattered over the whole surface. The plant produces a new pair of leaves from WITHIN THE OLD ONE EACH YEAR, much the same as Lithops and Conophytum do.
LARGE DAISY LIKE, deep rose flower with a white contrasting center, fragrant whit a distinct smell of coconut. Considering the size of the plant they are extremely large (up to 6-7,5 cm across), and have a great many petals. They are solitary or in clusters borne on SHORT PEDICLES.
Usually flowers in EARLY SPRING, AFTER THE WINTER dormancy period, although some plants can flower in autumn like a Lithops, depending on how they are grown.
Sometimes Pleiospilos will even be labelled as a Lithops, but it isn’t the same. There are three immediate visual differences: P. nelii DOES NOT GROW buried to its neck in the ground; it is bigger than any Lithops and will produce multiple flowers at once, something that Lithops never do.
How to take care of Lithops: Pleiospilos Royal Flush? Easy guides and tips are below:
The container should be AT LEAST 10 CM DEEP to accommodate the long taproot. VERY LITTLE WATER is needed DURING THE GROWING SEASON, and DO NOT FERTILIZE THE PLANTS. In LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL BEFORE NIGHT TIME temperatures fall, watering of the plants is stepped up to once a week.
Mesembs are MOSTLY ADAPTED to relatively predictable rainfall patterns rather than extreme drought irregular rainfall. Total rainfall may be EXTREMELY LOW, but water is available AT LEAST SEASONALLY or THROUGH FOG AND CONDENSATION. This leads to or allows plants which are not especially LARGE and sometimes VERY SMALL, and affects the way they need to be treated in cultivation.
The basics of care are vert simple, with FREE DRAINING SOIL, PLENTY OF SUN AND VENTILATION, and REGULAR LIGHT WATERING in the RIGHT SEASON. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs’ own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
These plants REQUIRE A LOAM BASED COMPOST with the ADDITION OF EXTRA DRAINAGE materials such as horticultural GRIT OR PERLITE. They all like GOOD LIGHT CONDITIONS AND PLENTY VENTILATION.
Some are COLD HARDY and can even SURVIVE MILD WINTER OUTSIDE. Most will survive temperatures DOWN TO THE FREEZING POINT. There are some Mesembs which begin to grow in FALL as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.