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Candleholder Dudleya
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Dudleya candelabrum

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About Candleholder Dudleya (Dudleya candelabrum) Dudleya candelabrum is a succulent plant known by the common name candleholder liveforever, or candleholder dudleya. This plant is endemic to California, where it grows wild only on the northern Channel Islands. It is also cultivated and kept as an attractive potted ornamental. This plant grows from a basal rosette of leaves up to half a meter wide atop a thick, hardy caudex. Each leaf is a pale green to pinkish-green spade shape with a sharp point. The unbranched stem is generally erect but often bending under the weight of the flower cluster it holds. The flower cluster branches and holds up to 25 knobby flowers on each branch. The flower has yellowish petals within its pink-tinged green sepals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
3.6 - 8.4 in (9.1 - 21.3 cm)

Flower Color
Yellow, Pink, Green

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky places and north facing slopes


Elevation ?
14' - 1166'

Annual Precip. ?
12.1" - 18.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 0.26"

Coldest Month ?
48.4° F - 54.5° F

Hottest Month ?
61.4° F - 70.4° F

Humidity ?
1.32 vpd - 15.05 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Candleholder Liveforever

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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