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Dudleya cymosa

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About Canyon Dudleya (Dudleya cymosa) Dudleya cymosa is a succulent plant known by the common name canyon live-forever. It is a distinctive plant sending up erect red-orange stems from a gray-green basal rosette. The small yellowish-red thimble-shaped flowers top the stems in large flower cluster. The plant is found in rocky areas in the low elevation mountains of California and southern Oregon. Some subspecies are considered threatened locally. Hummingbirds love this plant.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
3.6 - 6 in (9.1 - 15.2 cm)

Max. Width
4 - 6 in (10-15cm)


Fragrant - Pleasant

Growth Rate


Fleshy, grey green basal rosette

Flower Color
Orange, Red, Yellow, Brown

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky outcrops, slopes, talus

Part Shade, Sun

Elevation ?
34' - 11089'

Annual Precip. ?
5.2" - 76.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.45"

Coldest Month ?
26.6° F - 54.3° F

Hottest Month ?
45.7° F - 82.0° F

Humidity ?
0.42 vpd - 33.28 vpd

Soil Description
Rocky cliffs, steep clay slopes

Soil PH
6 - 8


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -10 - 0° F

Companion Plants
A great plant for rock gardens with other small plants that won't overwhelm it, such as Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Sea Pink (Armeria maritima), Clustered Field Sedge (Carex praegracilis), Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum), Wild Strawberry (Fragraria species), California Aster (Lessingia filaginifolia), Mints (Monardella species), Clinopodium species, Sisyrinchium species

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds, butterlies

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
No Summer Water
Keep moist


Common uses
Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Canyon Liveforever, Canyon Live-forever

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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