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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Dudleya pulverulenta (Nutt.) Britton & Rose
Chalk dudleya, Chalk live-forever, Chalk lettuce
USDA Symbol: DUPU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
An evergreen leaf succulent, closely related to the Mexican hens-and-chicks. Rootstocks penetrate rock crevices and bear 2 ft. wide rosettes of broad, fleshy, chalky-white leaves. Borne from leaf axils, the 1-2 1/2 ft. flower stalks bear candelabra-like clusters of small, red flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, UT Native Distribution:
S. coastal CA; also reported in Washington Co., UT Native Habitat:
Rocky cliffs & canyons below 3000 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Rocky soil. Conditions Comments:
The compact, mat-forming growth habit of snake herb
makes it an ideal ground cover. The characteristic heat and drought tolerance also help snake herb
to be a winner. It creates a lovely scene, mounding over the edge of a pot or a hanging basket. This plant does not tolerate hot, droughty, summer exposures. Does require occasional summer water.
Propagate with stem
cuttings, divisions, or seed. The seed, however, is very fine and difficult. Dust thinly over soil on top of a layer of sphagnum and cover with glass until seeds sprout. Move to larger containers when plants are big enough. Plants Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
No pretreatment is necessary. Commercially Avail:
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff