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Dudleya edulis
  

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About Fingertips (Dudleya edulis) A succulent plant known by the common name Fingertips, Lady Fingers, and Dead Man's Fingers. This Dudleya is in the Subgenus Stylophyllum which features flowers held wide-open and is fly or bee pollinated. This plant is native to southern California and Baja California, where it grows in rocky sandstone soils of the coastal and inland areas. The fingertips are made up fleshy, snakelike leaves growing vertically from just below ground level. The finger-like leaves are pale green or yellow green, cylindrical and pointed, growing up to 8 inches tall. The tips of the fingers often turn orange or red during the summer. The plant bears a branching flower cluster with several terminal branches each bearing up to 10 or 11 flowers. The flowers have pointed white petals about 0.5 inch long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
6 in (15cm)

Max. Width
1 ft (0.3 m)

Form
Fountain

Fragrance
None

Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Evergreen

Leaves
8-20 cm long, slender, cylindrical in cross section, each finger ending in a soft point. Fingers are delicate and break readily; may be covered with a light coating of white powder but much less than is found on Dudleya pulverulenta.

Flower Color
Cream, Pink, White

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandstone bluffs, marine terraces, rocky slopes, ledges, canyons and mesas on the coastal side of the mountains of San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties; especially common in close proximity to the coast

Sun
Part Shade, Sun

Elevation ?
6' - 5231'

Annual Precip. ?
9.5" - 32.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 1.89"

Coldest Month ?
39.6° F - 56.6° F

Hottest Month ?
65.1° F - 79.2° F

Humidity ?
1.33 vpd - 25.09 vpd

Soil Description
While it appears to be tolerant of a variety garden soils, it is found in the wild almost entirely in sandstone soils

Soil Texture
Sand

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0

Drainage
Fast, Medium

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

Sunset Zones ?
14, 15*, 16*, 17*, 19, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Companion Plants
California Fuchsia, California Box Thorn, Sea Dahlia, Seacliff Buckwheat, various cactus species

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

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


Popularity
Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?

No Summer Water
1x/month
2x/month
3x/month
1/week
Keep moist


Mulch
Inorganic

Propagation ?
Propagation by seed is difficult as the seeds are very fine and dust-like.  For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Groundcovers, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Ladies' Fingers Live-forever, Dead Man's Fingers Lady Fingers


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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