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Dudleya edulis - Ladies' Fingers

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
California Native (Plant List): Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Dudleya edulis (Ladies' Fingers) - A wonderful small succulent with clustering rosettes of upright, fleshy, gray-green, rounded "finger-like" leaves, sometimes with red tinged tips, up to 10 inches tall and spreading like a mat. In early summer appear the lightly fragrant star-shaped white flowers with yellow centers on low arching stems. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade inland in a well drained soil and keep fairly dry in summer. Hardy to around 10 F. This plant is native to San Diego County in California and south into northern Baja. Great as a groundcover, hill stabilizer, or for use with boulders or in the border of a dry garden. The name edulis comes from early California use. Called Mission Lettuce, the leaves of Dudleya edulis were eaten raw and considered a delicacy and the stems were eaten for their moisture content but left a chalky taste in the mouth. (from "Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants" by Stephen Facciola, 1990) 

This information about Dudleya edulis displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.

 
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