Marimo is a Japanese word that consists of “ball” (mari; 毬) and “algae” (mo; 藻). It refers to the rare ball form of Aegagropila linnaei, a species of algae that could be found in limited numbers of lakes and seas in the Northern hemisphere.
Marimo bear a certain likeness to the Earth in being green and round and in their need to rotate to receive light on all sides.
They symbolize eternal happiness, perpetual friendship, and everlasting love by virtue of their slow growth rate and long life span.
Pebble plant is a bulbous succulent that originates from desserts in Southern Africa. It belongs to the ice plant family, Aizoaceae, and the Lithops genus.
True to its name, pebble plant looks like a coloured pebble. In its native habitat, pebble plant’s unique appearance allows it to camouflage itself and hide in plain sight.
Pebble plants of different sub-species will adopt various colour schemes to better blend themselves with their surrounding gravels and pebbles