Dudleya pulverulenta (Nutt.) Britton & Rose
Chalk dudleya, Chalk live-forever, Chalk lettuce
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)
USDA Symbol: DUPU
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , 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.
PropagationDescription: 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: yes
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dudleya pulverulenta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dudleya pulverulenta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dudleya pulverulenta
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff