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Bright Green Dudleya
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Dudleya virens
  

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About Bright Green Dudleya (Dudleya virens) The green liveforever or bright green dudleya, is an uncommon species of perennial, succulent plant in the family Crassulaceae, native to California and Baja California, growing in Los Angeles County, the Channel Islands, and Guadalupe Island (where subspecies extima is endemic). The leaves are fleshy and strap-shaped, 8-20 centimeters long and 1.5-3 centimeters broad, tapering from the base (or from near middle) and are mostly green. They are arranged in a rosette. The flowers are white, with five petals 7-10 millimeters long; they are produced in April, May, and June. Hummingbirds visit the flowers for their nectar. It grows best in full sun or light shade inland, preferring well-drained soil.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
1 ft (0.3 m)

Max. Width
1 - 1.5 ft (0.3 - 0.5 m)

Form
Spreading

Dormancy
Evergreen

Leaves
Basal rosette, 3-25 cm long, 1.5-3 cm wide, 4-6 mm thick, oblong, fleshy

Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Spring
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Bluffs

Sun
Sun

Elevation ?
-105' - 1515'

Annual Precip. ?
8.6" - 14.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 0.30"

Coldest Month ?
53.1° F - 57.5° F

Hottest Month ?
64.0° F - 72.3° F

Humidity ?
1.59 vpd - 16.82 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy, well-drained soils like those of coastal bluffs.

Soil Texture
Sand

Soil PH
6 - 7.5

Drainage
Fast

Sunset Zones ?
9, 14, 15, 16*, 17*, 18, 19, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Companion Plants
Use with other coastal plants of Southern California such as Juncus acutus or Salvia apiana,

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

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


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


Pest Control
Avoid overwatering to reduce liklihood of pests. Watch for mealybugs, snails, slugs, aphids. Wash off aphids on emerging flower stalks with a strong stream of water.

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment. Direct sow outdoors in the fall. Can also divide the rootball.

Common uses
Groundcovers, Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available


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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