These distinctive plants are among those known as "living stones", because their highly succulent, usually stemless, blue-green leaves occur at ground level and can resemble small stones. They form small clumps of a few or many paired, usually cylindrical to egg-shaped leaves that are cleft in the center. Each stem bears just 2 leaves per season but may produce offsets over the years. In some species the old leaves persist and form a short column on which new leaves develop. Solitary daisy-like flowers, usually white, yellow, or purple, appear in the cleft.
Like most succulents, they prefer to be kept dry in winter and are also damaged by repeated frosts. Their preferred mode of cultivation is a bright and sunny position with gritty free-draining soil. They may be propagated from seed, or careful division of established clumps.
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- Gard. Chron. 1922, Ser. III. lxxi. 92."Plant Name Details for Genus Argyroderma N.E.Br.". IPNI. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
- "Plant Name Query Results for Genus Argyroderma". IPNI. Retrieved December 19, 2009.
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