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DUDLEYA virens

Image of Dudleya virens

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Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

DUDLEYA virens

Plant Common Name

Bright Green Dudleya, Liveforever

General Description

A perennial succulent from California and northwestern Mexico, this variable species is known in gardens primarily by its subspecies hassei. Its evergreen rosettes of narrowly to broadly lance-shaped leaves are green or gray. Some forms of the species sucker rapidly, forming large clumps of rosettes. Older rosettes develop stems, giving plants a shrubby appearance. Open clusters of starry white, yellowish, or pink flowers perch on erect stems in spring. The fragrant blooms attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

This handsome succulent requires ample sun and dry summers (provide midday shade where summers are hot). Grow it in a cool greenhouse in a porous mix, or in the garden where winters are mild and summers dry. Remove spent flower stems for appearance and to prevent self-sowing. Propagate by offsets in spring or early summer. Its geometric foliage complements the forms of other dryland plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    4"-30" / 10.2cm - 76.2cm (12)

  • Width

    1'-4' / 0.3m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    California, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Yellow, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes