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Products > Dudleya pulverulenta
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.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Dudleya pulverulenta.