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Pleiospilos compactus

Scientific Name:

Pleiospilos compactus

Common name:

Mimicry Plant, Split Rock, Stone Plant










South Africa

Hardiness Zone:



ABout the PLant

The Pleiospilos compactus, also known as the split rock succulent, is a unique and fascinating species of succulent native to South Africa. It is a low-growing perennial plant with a compact form that can reach up to 4 inches in height and width. Its leaves are thick and fleshy, growing in pairs and forming a star-like shape. The leaves have an interesting texture, with ridges along their edges that give them the appearance of being split in two. The Pleiospilos compactus produces small yellow flowers in springtime that appear on short stems above the foliage. These flowers are often hidden by the dense foliage, but they can be seen if you look closely enough! The flowers are very attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. This succulent is quite easy to care for; it prefers bright light but will tolerate some shade, and should be watered sparingly throughout the year. During periods of dormancy it should not be watered at all. It can tolerate temperatures down to 25°F but will need protection from frost during winter months. The Pleiospilos compactus has been used for centuries by indigenous peoples of South Africa as a medicinal plant for treating various ailments including fever, colds, headaches, stomachaches, skin infections and more. It has also been used as an ornamental plant due to its unique appearance and easy care requirements. Today this remarkable species continues to captivate gardeners around the world with its unusual form and vibrant blooms!
The Pleiospilos compactus succulent requires bright indirect light to thrive. It should not be placed in direct sunlight, as this can cause the leaves to burn. Instead, it should be placed in a spot with medium light and away from any sources of heat or cold drafts. Low light is also acceptable for this succulent, but it will not grow as quickly or vigorously as it would in brighter conditions.
The Pleiospilos compactus succulent is a hardy plant that prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic pH. It needs plenty of sunlight and should be planted in a sandy, gritty mix that allows for quick drainage. A combination of coarse sand, pumice, and perlite works well for this type of succulent. Additionally, it's important to ensure the soil remains dry between waterings.
The Pleiospilos compactus succulent is a very low-maintenance plant that prefers infrequent watering. Water it only when the soil has completely dried out, and then give it a good soak. Let the water drain completely before putting it back in its pot. This succulent will thrive with this kind of watering schedule!
The ideal humidity conditions for the Pleiospilos compactus succulent are relatively low. The plant prefers an environment with a humidity level of 40-50%, which is lower than most other succulents. This can be achieved by avoiding overwatering and keeping the plant in a well-ventilated area away from drafts and air conditioning units.