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Lanceleaf Liveforever
Dudleya lanceolata
  
About Lanceleaf Liveforever (Dudleya lanceolata) 17 Nurseries Carry This Plant Dudleya lanceolata is a succulent plant known by the common name Lanceleaf Dudleya and lanceleaf liveforever. This plant is native to the mountains of southern California and Baja California, where it is found in rocky areas and slopes. This dudleya has fleshy, pointed leaves of variable shape and size, from a star-shaped basal rosette of flat, spade-shaped leaves to bunches of longer, thicker leaves. Its stem is erect and bears a branching flower cluster with up to 20 flowers on each of its few branches. The flowers are generally bright yellow, pink, or red, with pale green bases. The leaves grow only 3-4 inches above the ground, but the flower branches grow up to 2 feet high. This species is in the Subgenus Dudleya which has tubular flowers and is pollinated by hummingbirds or bumble bees.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Size
Size
4.2 - 8.4 in tall
1 ft wide

Form
Form
Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds, insects

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Never irrigate once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 12° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates sand and clay but prefers very rocky substrate. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Toyon, Scrub Oaks, Chaparral Mallow, California Encelia, California Sagebrush, Woolly Bluecurls, Chamise, Yucca spp, various cactus species

Propagation
Propagation?
The plant produces offsets which may be separated for planting elsewhere. Seed propagation is difficult because the seed is very tiny and dust-like.  For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7, 9, 14, 15, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky slopes of canyon, bluffs, marine terraces and mesas within Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub. The basal rosette is often hidden under other plants and only the inflorescence is visible.

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 7.3" - 43.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.64", Coldest Month: 33.5" - 56.7", Hottest Month: 60.9" - 83.2", Humidity: 0.47" - 34.11", Elevation: 0" - 7631"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Lanceleaf Dudleya, Southern California Dudleya


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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