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Dudleya farinosa (Bluff Lettuce)

Bluff Lettuce, Powdery Live-forever, Powdery Liveforever, Dudleya compacta, Dudleya eastwoodiae, Dudleya septentrionalis

Dudleya farinosa, Bluff Lettuce, Powdery Live-forever, Powdery Liveforever, Dudleya compacta, Dudleya eastwoodiae, Dudleya septentrionalis, California Native Succulent, California Native Plants
Dudleya farinosa, Bluff Lettuce, Powdery Live-forever, Powdery Liveforever, Dudleya compacta, Dudleya eastwoodiae, Dudleya septentrionalis, California Native Succulent, California Native Plants
Dudleya farinosa, Bluff Lettuce, Powdery Live-forever, Powdery Liveforever, Dudleya compacta, Dudleya eastwoodiae, Dudleya septentrionalis, California Native Succulent, California Native Plants

Variable in appearance from drab to spectacular, Dudleya farinosa (Bluff Lettuce) is an evergreen succulent with charming rosettes, 8-12 in. across (20-30 cm), of spade-like, pale green to chalky blue-white leaves. The fleshy leaves and stems often display bright red coloring along their edges and tips in the driest conditions. From late spring to early fall, the rosettes send erect flower spikes that 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 of Oregon and northern California, Bluff Lettuce is commonly found on bluffs and coastal hillsides. This plant does not tolerate hot, droughty, summer exposures. It is hardy to 20°F (-7° C) and does not tolerate temperatures over 50°F (10° C). Low maintenance, Bluff Lettuce is a lovely plant and an excellent choice for coastal gardens, rock gardens, or containers.

  • Grows up to 4-8 in. tall (10-20 cm) and 8-12 in. wide (20-30 cm).
  • Easily grown in dry, rockywell-drained soils in part shade. This succulent is drought tolerant but does require occasional summer water. Do not overwater as it may cause root rot. Bluff Lettuce is also salt spray tolerant. 
  • Perfect for coastal gardens, rock gardens, Mediterranean gardens, or containers.
  • Deer resistant
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for mealybugs, snails, and slugs
  • Propagate by seed, stem cuttings, and divisions. Propagating Dudleya plants with seeds is very difficult.
  • Native to California, Oregon.

 

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Climate Zones 5, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Common names Dudleya
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4" - 8"
(10cm - 20cm)
Spread 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spacing 8" - 12"
(20cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Climate Zones 5, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus & Succulents
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Common names Dudleya
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4" - 8"
(10cm - 20cm)
Spread 8" - 1'
(20cm - 30cm)
Spacing 8" - 12"
(20cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Coastal Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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