Dudleya Species, Chalk Dudleya, Chalk Lettuce, Chalk Liveforever

Dudleya pulverulenta

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dudleya (DUD-lee-yuh) (Info)
Species: pulverulenta (pul-ver-oo-LEN-tuh) (Info)
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Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Foliage Color:

Bronze

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Arroyo Grande, California

Brentwood, California

Lakeside, California

Los Angeles, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Spring Valley, California

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 4, 2015, JeffSers from Lakeside, CA wrote:

Very interesting San Diego native. Plant in full sun or part shade. I prefer to not irrigate at all during the Summer months. They do shrivel up a bit but will recover almost instantly when the rains come in the Winter. Excessive irrigation in Summer will cause rot. In fact, it is my belief that the roots take up water more efficiently at temperatures at or below 70F.

Slow to offset but very easy to divide and replant during growth period.

Positive

On Jan 29, 2010, AmyMorie from Green Cove Springs, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Wonderful succulent that can hold its own in Southern California's dry climate. Purchased too early, several of my tiny specimens in 4" pots sat for months in heat, drought, and neglect that would have shriveled most other plants, but this Dudleya shrugged it off and struggled through summer drought. Now, 3 months after finally planting, some rosettes are 12+ inches across and show no signs of stopping.
Supposedly edible, though low in palatability... I'd be interested to hear from anyone who knows more on that

Positive

On Feb 5, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Striking California native with nearly pure white leaves. Rosette up to 2' across. Makes an excellent and relatively hardy addition to any So Cal garden (particularly xeriscape gardens). Can often be glimpsed growing along north-facing steep roadsides as one speeds by on California highways... they stand out like impossibly white splotches on dark or dead landscapes, sometimes on surfaces so steep, nothing else seems to be able to grow there.

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