Dudleya farinosa (Lindl.) Britton & Rose
Bluff lettuce, Powdery live-forever, Powdery liveforever
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)
Synonym(s): Dudleya compacta, Dudleya eastwoodiae, Dudleya septentrionalis
USDA Symbol: dufa
An evergreen leaf succulent, closely related to the Mexican hens-and-chicks. Whitish stalks bearing clusters of yellow flowers and growing from a dense rosette of ovate, succulent leaves often covered with whitish powder. Rootstocks penetrate rock crevices and bear rosettes of lance-shaped, often red-tipped, bright-green or gray leaves. Borne from leaf axils, the 4-12 in. flower stalks bear candelabra-like clusters of small, lemon-yellow flowers.
This plant often forms a large mat. In the northern part of its range it is the only coastal Dudleya; to the south there are several species.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: Coastal areas from Los Angeles Co., CA to s. OR
Native Habitat: Sea bluffs
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soil.
Conditions Comments: 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
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dudleya farinosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dudleya farinosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dudleya farinosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff