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Dudleya pulverulenta (Chalk dudleya)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Dudleya pulverulenta

Dudleya pulverulenta (Nutt.) Britton & Rose

Chalk Dudleya, Chalk Live-forever, Chalk Lettuce, Conchita

Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)



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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. coastal CA and Baja California; also reported in Washington Co., UT
Native Habitat: Rocky cliffs & canyons below 3000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light 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.


Description: 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


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Dudleya pulverulenta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dudleya pulverulenta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dudleya pulverulenta


Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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