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PlantFiles: Silver Dollar Plant
Dudleya brittonii

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dudleya (DUD-lee-yuh) (Info)
Species: brittonii (brit-TON-ee-eye) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bepah On Nov 8, 2012, bepah from Brentwood, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I purchased one from Cottage Gardens of Petaluma (highly recommended, by the way) in a 4 inch liner about 2 months ago. The current spread of this plant is over 12 inchs and the new leaves are a stunning blue-white. It is my current favorite (changes all of the time). Easy to grow as we come to winter, I probably will not water it at all.

Positive Baja_Costero On Aug 20, 2012, Baja_Costero from Baja California
Mexico (Zone 11) wrote:

Native of Baja California's northwest Pacific coast and nearby environs. Two forms in nature and cultivation: one pale green and smooth, the other silver blue and covered with a fine powder. Both forms develop a (relatively) extended caudex with advanced age, covered tightly with dry leaf remains and flower stalks. Leave the dry leaves on the plant to avoid exposing the caudex and disfiguring the plant.

Like other Dudleyas, it tends to be most active during the winter, which is when it receives rain in habitat. Flowers in winter through spring attract hummingbirds. By mid summer (dry season) plants typically have shrunken up and slowed way down. Avoid overwatering at this time.

Grows best in strong light, up to day-long sun. (Typically found in exposed rocky locations in nature.) Some plants develop attractive orange and red highlights in the sun. Flower stems may be the same color as the leaves, but often blush red.

Typically solitary but there are dichotomously branching (multiheaded) populations as well.

Freely self-seeding in my rooftop container garden.

D. brittonii may look vegetatively similar to D. pulverenta, but its flowers are different (among other ways yellow, not red).

Positive palmbob On Jun 21, 2011, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

this is a natural form of Dudleya brittonii found in nature so it not really a 'cultivar'. But it is seen far less often in cultivation simpy because it is less desirable, though it is still a striking and larger dudleya. This plant has no dusting whatsoever and leaves are almost shiny and more rubbery than it's white counterpart.

Positive palmbob On Feb 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A nearly white plant, usually solitary and great accent for xeriscape gardens. Pretty hardy in So Cal with few areas it can't survive in, except shady, moist areas. Green forms of this exist as well... as do some suckering forms. Though rare and collector's items, the green ones rarely end up in cultivation.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Brentwood, California
Canoga Park, California
Reseda, California
Richmond, California
San Leandro, California
East Peoria, Illinois

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