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Dudleya pulverulenta - Chalk Liveforever

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Dudleya pulverulenta (Chalk Liveforever) A ground-hugging slowly-clumping succulent with beautiful 12 to 18 inch wide rosettes of chalky-white leaves surrounding a 2 inch thick basal stem. Stout silvery-white1 to 2 foot long spikes arch upwards and bear clusters of reddish flowers in late spring to early summer. Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun along the coast but looks best with part sun in hotter inland locations. This plant can tolerate abundant winter and spring irrigation but it is best to plant at an angle to allow water to drain off and avoid overhead irrigation if you water at all in summer months this plant tolerates going without irrigation in summer but can look better with careful watering below the foliage. Hardy to around 15 F or slightly below. This is a great plant for the rock garden, a crack in a rock or wall or as a container specimen. This species is native to California, growing in rocky areas and cliff faces in the coastal ranges below 3,000 feet from San Luis Obispo south to northern Baja California. Other common names include Chalk Dudleya and Chalk Lettuce. The genus was named for William R. Dudley (1849-1911) a botanist at Stanford University and the specific epithet 'pulverulenta' is Latin for "powdery" or "dusty" in reference to the powdery farina on the leaves. Our thanks to Nick Wilkinson of Grow Nursery for providing the seed for this plant.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Dudleya pulverulenta.