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Dudleya albiflora (Live Forever)

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Scientific Name

Dudleya albiflora Rose

Common Names

Live Forever

Synonyms

Cotyledon albiflora, Dudleya moranii, Echeveria albiflora

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Dudleya albiflora is a succulent plant that forms with rosettes of many blue-green lance-shaped leaves that radiate out and slightly up. The rosettes grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Flowers are white and appear from spring to early summer on red stalks.

Dudleya albiflora - Live Forever

Photo courtesy of Kelly Griffin

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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 the 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. These plants 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Dudleya.

Origin

Native to North America.

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