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Dudleya ingens (Baja Live Forever)

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Scientific Name

Dudleya ingens Rose

Common Names

Baja Live Forever

Synonyms

Dudleya eximia, Dudleya viridicata, Echeveria ingens

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Dudleya ingens is a succulent plant with rosettes of 20 to 70 lance-shaped leaves. The rosettes are solitary or few together and up to 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter. The leaves are green with red spots that radiate out and slightly up. In spring to early summer appear the red stems bearing pale yellow to white, often rose-tinged flowers.

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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 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

Dudleya ingens is native to Mexico (Baja California).

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