Dudleya farinosa

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Dudleya farinosa
Dudleya farinosa 1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Dudleya
D. farinosa
Binomial name
Dudleya farinosa

Dudleya compacta
Dudleya eastwoodiae
Dudleya septentrionalis

Dudleya farinosa in bloom, Marin County, California

Dudleya farinosa is a succulent plant known by several common names, including bluff lettuce, powdery liveforever, and powdery dudleya.


This plant is native to the coastline of parts of Oregon and northern California,[1] where it is commonly found on bluffs and coastal hillsides. One specialized habitat in which D. farinosa is found is the Monterey Cypress forests at Point Lobos and Del Monte Forest in Monterey County, California.[2]


This Dudleya is variable in appearance from drab to spectacular. It grows from a branching caudex and forms a basal rosette of wide, pointed, spade-shaped leaves, each up to about six centimeters across.[3] The leaves are generally very pale green but they often have edges or tips of bright colors, particularly bright reds. The plant erects a tall stem which is pale green with pink or red tinting, atop which it bears a branching inflorescence with many pale to bright yellow flowers.


Native plants are being dug up illegally in huge numbers to satisfy demand as house plants in South Korea and China.[4][5]


  1. ^ C.Michael Hogan. 2010
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan and Michael P. Frankis. 2009
  3. ^ Jepson Manual. 1993
  4. ^ McCormick, Erin (27 April 2018). "Stolen succulents: California hipster plants at center of smuggling crisis". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ Callahan, Mary (2019-03-09). "In a 'Gold Rush-type phenomenon', smugglers target coastal succulents". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Retrieved 2019-03-10.


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