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Pleiospilos nelii

Scientific Name:

Pleiospilos nelii

Common name:

Royal Flush Split Rock










South Africa

Hardiness Zone:



ABout the PLant

The Pleiospilos nelii, also known as the Split Rock succulent, is a unique and fascinating plant native to South Africa. It has been around for centuries, and its unusual shape and appearance have made it a popular choice among gardeners. This succulent is a low-growing perennial with an average height of 4 inches (10 cm). Its distinguishing feature is its two leaves that are fused together at the base. These leaves are thick and fleshy, ranging in color from gray-green to dark green with brown spots. The top of each leaf has a split down the middle, giving it its common name of Split Rock. In springtime, this succulent produces bright yellow daisy-like flowers on short stems that rise above the foliage. The flowers are star-shaped with five petals and can be up to 1 inch (2 cm) across. They attract bees and other pollinators to the garden. When it comes to care requirements, Pleiospilos nelii is fairly easy to maintain in outdoor gardens or containers indoors. It prefers full sun or partial shade in well-draining soil that is kept slightly moist but not wet during the growing season. In winter months, water should be reduced significantly so that the soil dries out completely between waterings. It's important not to overwater this succulent as too much moisture can cause root rot or fungal diseases. Overall, Pleiospilos nelii is an interesting and hardy plant that adds character and texture to any garden setting! With minimal care requirements and beautiful blooms in springtime, this succulent makes an excellent addition for both experienced gardeners and beginners alike!
The Pleiospilos nelii succulent is best suited for bright indirect light. It can tolerate direct sunlight, but it should be limited to a few hours of morning or late afternoon sun. If the plant is exposed to too much direct sunlight, its leaves may become scorched. Medium light and low light are also acceptable, but it will not thrive in these conditions as well as in brighter indirect light.
Pleiospilos nelii succulents thrive in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. The ideal soil should be a mix of one part coarse sand, one part loam, and one part compost. This combination allows for adequate drainage while providing the necessary nutrients for the plant to grow. Additionally, it's important to make sure the soil is not too wet or too dry; water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
The Pleiospilos nelii succulent is a low-maintenance plant that prefers infrequent watering. It's best to water this succulent deeply and then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. This usually takes around 7-10 days in most climates. Make sure you avoid overwatering, as this can cause root rot.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Pleiospilos nelii succulent are low to moderate. This means that the air should not be too dry or too humid. The best way to achieve this is by keeping the plant in a well-ventilated area and misting it with water occasionally.