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Products > Dudleya cymosa ssp. pumila
Dudleya cymosa ssp. pumila - Canyon Live Forever

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Dudleya cymosa ssp. pumila (Canyon Liveforever) A very attractive rosette forming succulent that is mostly solitary or forming small clusters of rosettes that are 2 to 4 inches tall by 5 to 7 inches wide with gray-green leaves that flush out with a bronze color. In late spring short spikes rise above the leaves bearing lightly fragrant brilliant red-orange flowers. Will grow in full where it may have a summer dormancy to part sun or light shade where it can look good year round. Plant in a well-drained soil and irrigate fall through spring in dry years - tolerant of hot inland conditions, but best if given occasional water during the dry months and in containers irrigate occasionally, allowing soil to dry out between watering. A beautiful native succulent plant that is great in the rock garden or as a container specimen with striking flowers that are noted as attractive to hummingbirds. Dudleya cymosa is found in rocky areas in the low elevation mountains of California and southern Oregon with some subspecies considered threatened locally. The subspecies pumila grows from the Santa Lucia coastal range of Monterey County south into the Transverse Range of southern California. 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 the inflorescence being a cyme (a flattened flower heads blooming from the middle out) and the subspecies name means "dwarf" in reference to the plant's small size. Our plants grown from seed collected in the Santa Lucia Mountains near Big Sur.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Dudleya cymosa ssp. pumila.