genus that includes numerous species of succulent plants, of small size, originating in southern Africa. The plants are made up of small thick, fleshy, tightly joined leaves, almost completely devoid of petiole, turned upwards and flattened, so as to make the whole similar to a small stone, with a thin groove in the middle. They have a varied color, generally bluish-green, sometimes tending to gray; in late summer they produce small delicately fragrant flowers, pink, red, yellow or white, which bloom at night from the center of the leaves. Most of the conophytums have leaves with a diameter close to 5-7 millimeters, some species have leaves with a diameter of a few centimeters; in general these plants tend to gather and develop close to each other, forming dense carpets.
these plants need to be placed in a very bright place, but protected from direct sunrays, especially in the hottest months of the year. In summer they should be kept in a well-ventilated and shady place; in the cold months they can endure short periods with even cold temperatures, but it is advisable to grow them in places with an average temperature of 10-15 ° C.