Sand Lettuce (Dudleya caespitosa) in the Dudleyas Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Leaves: Glaucous
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on May 15, 2019 5:01 PM

Coastal Dudleya from central and southern California, including the northern Channel Islands. Leaves may be pale green or usually a powder-dusted pale blue. Rosettes may branch extensively. Flowers are cup-shaped and bright yellow, rarely red or orange, appearing in late spring and early summer (later than coastal Dudleya species found to its south), and attracting hummingbirds. Exists in a complex with D. farinosa and a few other species. May be distinguished from the very similar D. farinosa based on its flowers, which are a brighter lemon yellow, and its origin, which is generally to the south. The two species may form natural hybrids.

Highly susceptible to mealy bugs in cultivation (examine the center of rosettes during late spring and summer; look for ant traffic).

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