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Dudleya albiflora – Live Forever

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Scientific Name

Dudleya albiflora Rose

Common Names

Live Forever

Synonyms

Cotyledon albiflora (basionym), Dudleya moranii, Echeveria albiflora

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Dudleya

Description

Dudleya albiflora is a rosette-forming succulent with rosettes up to 6 inches (15 cm) wide, with many lance-shaped, blue-green leaves that radiate out and slightly up. In spring to early summer appear the red stems bearing pale white flowers.

Dudleya albiflora - Live Forever

Photo courtesy of Kelly Griffin

How to Grow and Care

Most of the myriad habitats Dudleyas occupy become dry in summer. Therefore, it is important to cut off water to Dudleyas in your garden during summer. Plants grown in sandy soils or containers are exceptions; they will accept infrequent summer watering as long as the soil drains well. The onset of fall or winter rains reawakens Dudleyas from drought-induced dormancy. Their shriveled leaves plump up quickly, growth resumes, and flowering occurs during the next spring or summer. Dudleyas are amazingly resilient; if a portion of a colony sloughs off a cliff face or is uprooted by a burrowing animal, it can persist for months until soil contact is reestablished. Species that naturally grow on ocean bluffs are also salt-spray tolerant.

Dudleyas have their share of disease and pest problems. If you can prevent Argentine Ants from introducing mealybugs or aphids to your Dudleyas, they will be healthier. Mealybugs nestle in the deep recesses of the leaves, and their feeding weakens the plants… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Dudleya.

Origin

Native to North America.

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