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Split Rock
Scientific Name: Pleiospilos nelii Schwant.
Synonym: Pleiospilos pedunculata, Pleiospilos tricolor
Family: Aizoaceae
Split Rock (Pleiospilos  nelii) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 23F (-5C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade in summer

Origin: Cape Province, South Africa

Growth Habits:

Watering Needs: Moderate water in fall and early spring, little to no water the rest of the year.


With its short rounded leaves, the Split Rock Pleiospilos nelii is the most compact species.

Split Rock (Pleiospilos  nelii)

Split Rock (Pleiospilos  nelii)

Cultural Practices:
This Pleiospilos is a winter grower, and it uses only minimal water in summer.

Blooming Habits:
The Pleiospilos nelii has showy salmon and yellow flowers with a white center, 3 inches in diameter (7 cm), toward the end of its growing season. Here in Phoenix, it blooms regularly in spring.

Fruiting Habits:

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