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Dudleya caespitosa (Coast Dudleya)

Coast Dudleya, Sand Lettuce, Sand-lettuce, Sealettuce, Dudleya cespitosa, Dudleya cotyledon


Dudleya caespitosa (Coast Dudleya) is an evergreen succulent with pretty rosettes, 4-8 in. across (10-20 cm), packed with up to 30 pale green, oblong or sometimes fingerlike leaves. The fleshy leaves often display bright red coloring along their edges and tips in the driest conditions. In late spring to early summer, the rosettes send up erect flower spikes which bear clusters of brilliant lemon-yellow, urn-shaped flowers prized by hummingbirds and butterflies. This plant offsets and multiplies by producing new rosettes. Native to the coastline from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Coast Dudleya is commonly found on coastal cliffs. Low maintenance, Coast Dudleya is a lovely plant and great choice for coastal gardens, rock gardens or containers.

  • Grows up to 4-8 in. tall (10-20 cm) and 4-8 in. wide (10-20 cm).
  • Easily grown in dry, rocky, well-drained soils in full sun to full shade. This succulent is drought tolerant, but does require occasional summer water (once per month). Do not overwater as it may cause root rot. Coast Dudleya is also salt spray tolerant.
  • Perfect for coastal gardens, rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens or containers.
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for mealybugs, snails and slugs
  • Propagate by seed, stem cuttings, divisions. Propagating Dudleya plants with seeds is very difficult.
  • Native to California, Oregon.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4" – 8" (10cm – 20cm)
Spread 4" – 8" (10cm – 20cm)
Spacing 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Drought, Rocky Soil, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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Gregory Smith, Bureau of Land Management California, Flickr, c) Gerhard Bock, SucculentsandMore.com

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4" – 8" (10cm – 20cm)
Spread 4" – 8" (10cm – 20cm)
Spacing 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California
Tolerance Drought, Rocky Soil, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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