Lithops salicola C320
Lithops salicola C320 from Luckhoff, South Africa have proven to be quite hardy taking -16.6F this winter. These plants were covered with snow and were exposed to below freezing temperatures for a full week. Earlier in the winter the plants had taken 0F without any cover and they survived that as well. My winters are very dry and this helps with winter cold. This species gets summer rainfall and is not like the species to west. It is more forgiving with moisture and grows very well in the garden. Plants for sale are 1 years old and have split recently, some plants will be 2 lobes or 4. Luck of the draw. Lithops salicola is the easist species of lithops to grow and can be treated and watered like a aloinopsis in the garden. In my opinion it may be the hardiest Mesemb. Plants get White flowers in fall and will split in January even when its 0F.
I do not guarantee these in a zone 5/6/7 because everyones growing conditions are different but this would be a good trial plant to grow in your cold outdoor garden. Try to plant outdoor 90 days before 1st hard freeze.
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