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Dudleya rubens - Red flowering Live Forever

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: Baja California (North America)
California Native (Plant List): Yes
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Dudleya rubens (Red flowering Live Forever) A low growing rosette forming succulent with short stems holding rosettes of gray colored slightly hairy lanceolate leaves that are 2-3 inches long by inch with a 4 to 6 inch tall few branched or simple inflorescence rising just above the leaves and bearing small reddish flowers in mid to late spring. Plant in a well-drained soil in full coastal to part sun to light shade and water. Hardiness is not well known but as it is a mountainous species, it likely will be able to handle temperatures below freezing. This plant comes from the mountains of central Baja California from the Sierra San Francisco to Sierra La Giganta where it mostly grows on north facing volcanic cliffs from 1,600 to 4,000 feet in elevation. It is one of the few species of the genus in this area at altitudes above 1,600 feet - only Dudleya pauciflora in the Sierra San Pedro Martir and Dudleya rigida in the Sierra de la Laguna of the Cape Region of Baja California are found at this elevation or higher. This genus is named for William Russell Dudley (1849-1911), professor of botany and first head of the Botany Department at Stanford University as well as the Director of the Sierra Club of California. The specific epithet is a reference to its reddish flowers. It was originally described in 1889 by Nathaniel Britton and John Rose in the Proceedings of the California Academy of Science from plants collected on cliffs near San Esteban in the interior of central Baja California. Our thanks go out to Nick Deinhart for getting us this interesting red flowering Dudleya. 

This information about Dudleya rubens 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.