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Basic Info

Ariocarpus Fissuratus is also most commonly known as the ‘Living Rock’. As the cacti grows you can expect it to produce a beautiful looking dark green to green stem. When it flowers you can expect it to produce pink-white flowers.

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Genus: Ariocarpus

Care and Propagation Information


Ariocarpus Fissuratus ‘Living Rock’ can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care off. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your Living Rock healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.

General Care for Ariocarpus Fissuratus ‘Living Rock’

This succulent type is a beautiful one which blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy pink-white flowers. It is a nice addition to your outside garden!

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Quick Facts:

  • Prefers full sun
  • Can be grown outdoor
  • Grows 30 cm (12″) tall
  • Grows up to 15 cm (5″) wide
  • Can die easily if overwatered see: How to Water Succulent Plants
  • Does not handle cold well
  • Prefers Zone 9 -6.7 °C (20 F)
  • Best propagated by seeds
  • Flowers are pink-white

Where to Plant

Ariocarpus Fissuratus ‘Living Rock’ succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.

This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 9a-11b which is around -6.7 °C (20 °F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant Living Rock in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.

How to Propagate Ariocarpus Fissuratus ‘Living Rock’

Living Rock can be propagated by seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store.

Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.

How to Propagate Ariocarpus Fissuratus ‘Living Rock’ Using Seeds

This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.

Origin and Habitat

The Living Rock is native to North America.