Dudleya gatesii Johansen
Dudleya gatesii is an attractive succulent that forms dense, solitary or weakly clustering rosettes of flat succulent leaves. It is very similar to Dudleya ingens. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. Leaves are pale green, somewhat glaucous, occasionally reddish, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long, and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) wide. Flowers are white or tinged with rose and appear in spring on red, branched, and up to 28 inches (70 cm) tall stem.
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. However, 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.
This species is native to Mexico (central Baja California).
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