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Dudleya variegata

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About Variegated Dudleya (Dudleya variegata) Dudleya variegata is a succulent plant known by the common name variegated liveforever. It is native to Baja California and adjacent San Diego County, California, where it grows in several habitat types, including chaparral and vernal pools. It is a fleshy perennial forming a small basal cluster of leaves around a small stem. The thick leaves are spoon-shaped to oblong to spherical or globular. The flower cluster is a mostly erect, branching stem up to 20 centimeters tall splitting into branches nearly as long. Each branch bears several flowers with fleshy triangular sepals and longer yellow petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
3.6 - 7.9 in (9.1 - 20.1 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry hillsides, mesas


Elevation ?
0' - 5924'

Annual Precip. ?
9.5" - 34.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 2.54"

Coldest Month ?
39.9° F - 55.9° F

Hottest Month ?
66.1° F - 77.8° F

Humidity ?
0.99 vpd - 24.71 vpd

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

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Variegated 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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