Aloinopsis schooneesii L.Bolus is the correct and accepted name for this plant. It was named and first described by Harriet Margaret Louisa (nee Kensit) Bolus in Notes On Mesembryanthemum and Allied Genera in 1931.
This was one of the first group of succulents I bought in 2009 and I always wanted to try Living Stones. They are quite unique and the impressive root system grows above ground (in a way) to form this awesome caudex. Too bad it was short lived or I would have a great photo for you. I would use a photo from another website but they may not appreciate that. Click on the links at the bottom of the page.
Origin: South Africa S.E. of Graff Renet
Zones: Supposedly cold hardy in zones 8a-10b (10-40° F)
Size: About 2” tall
Light: Sun to part shade.
Soil: Very well draining potting soil amended with additional grit and perlite.
Water: Regular watering during the growing periods and very little during the winter.
Flowers: Golden with red mid-stripe at the end of winter.
Potting: According to information online, they need a deeper pot because of their tuberous roos system.
I found online where they are supposedly cold hardy down to 10 degrees F. The same website then said they can tolerate temperatures down to 23 degrees F… They also say that Aloinopsis can tolerate a light frost… Hmmm.
The Aloinopsis genus is classed as a winter dormant succulent although some websites say they are summer dormant. This means, either way, most of their growth is from late spring through early summer and again from late summer through autumn. Either way, they do grow some during the hotter months and maybe a little during the winter.
As far as watering goes, I would recommend regular watering during their growing periods, mildly during the hotter months, and hardly at all, if at all, during the winter.
Maybe someday I will try another Aloinopsis schooneesii. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.