How to Grow Dudleya


Dudleya are perennial succulents that form dense rosettes of ovate to linear, fleshy succulent leaves that are covered with a heavy coat of chalky powder. Tubular, bell- or star-shaped, yellow, white, or red panicles grow from the leaf axils in spring or early summer.

Dudleya can be grown outdoors in borders in warmer climates. It can be grown as a houseplant in all regions.

Dudleya is a genus of 40 species. Dudleya are native to the Southwest United States and Mexico.

Get to Know Dudleya

  • Plant type: Succulent in the Crassula Family
  • Hardiness temperature: Winter 35℉ (1.7℃)
  • Shape and size: Mostly white-ringed leaves partially encircle the stem in spiral rosettes; some species create mats; grow as tall as 2 feet
  • Flowers: Infloreseences pring out of the leaf axils; blossoms are arrned in panicles are yellow, orage, or red
  • Bloom time: Spring or early summer
  • Common name: Dudleya
  • Genus name: Dudleya
  • Family name: Crassulaceae
  • Origin: Southwest United States and Mexico
Dudleya brittonii
Dudleya brittonii

Planting Dudleya

  • Grow Dudleya in a sunny location; only those without rings can be grown outdoors in summer
  • Grows Dudleya in a cactus mix.
  • Outdoors grow Dudleya in well-drained, humus-rich soil.

How to Water and Feed Dudleya

  • Water Dudleya moderately. Do not get the leaves wet.
  • Apply a cactus-succulent fertilizer monthly during the growth period.

Dudleya Care

  • Propagate Dudleya by seed or cuttings from spring to summer.

Dudleya Species to Grow

  • Dudleya brittonii. Powdery white, brittle leaves form a single rosette; can reach 2 feet wide; bears pale-yellow blossoms.
  • D. farinose. Small clustering habit with pale yellow, summer blooms; inflorensences can reach 14 inches (35cm) tall.

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