I was at Cactus Jungle this morning – here is a picture of my succulent that is unidentified. It has been in the ground three years in full sun has not grown much in that time. Looks like a chrysanthemum.
Thank you Hortensia
That’s a Dudleya. We do have those here at the store, out on the floor, but they do not have as much red on the tips as in the photo. It is a very slow growing succulent that forms only small clumps.
Classic blue cactus from the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. Very low water, can handle high heat and winter cold if dry. Pink flowers. Loads of small glochids, very few spines. Will get 2 to 3 feet tall and spread 6 to 8 feet wide over time. Pads were used medicinally.
Dudleya farinosa is normally a pretty green California native succulent, coastal northern California the best more interesting about it. But the Noyo River form is white white white. This is also northern California Coastal, but almost all the way to Fort Bragg.
Compact shrub with glossy green leaves and bright orange flowers in spring and summer. Great for coastal gardens. Attracts hummingbirds and is a host plant for the Checkerspot butterfly. Deer resistant. Hardy to 20F.
The Dudleyas are always a crowd-pleaser, what with the small chalky leaves and green leaves and long bloom spikes with pale small flowers too.
Dudleya anomala is our newest member of the California native Sea-Lettuce family. I wonder how it got a strange name like that? This one is pretty reliably green and doesn’t get too red in sun. Where in California is it from? Why its from Baja California.
Tight clusters of green rosettes with slightly red tips in full sun. White flowers on long bloom stalks.
Hardy to 25F
Full Sun to Part Shade
Dudleya brittonii is the classic Giant Chalk Dudleya, also from Baja California.
18″ rosettes on single stems with chalky leaves. Looks best if dry through the summer months – avoid overhead watering.
Hardy to 20F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Finally we have the very red Dudleya farinosa – Sea Lettuce, our own Northern California coastal succulent.
Ceanothus “Emily Brown” is always the most popular of the Holly Leaf Lilacs. And the Holly Leaf Lilacs are always very popular because they are so very deer resistant. As deer resistant as a Euphorbia? No! Not quite that deer resistant, but resistant enough. You can really see how sharp-edged those leaves are. That’s a lot of resistance.
Native to California
Sun: Moderate to Full Sun Water: Drought tolerant Size: 2ft. to 3ft. tall
Low-spreading shrub with rich dark green leaves, dark blue blooms in spring. Edible seeds are favored by native birds. Deer-resistant, cold-hardy, doesn’t like temps over 100F.
Well actually just one popular California Sage, a useful and pretty sage, a Lavender Sage.
How useful? You can use the dried leaves for cooking or for tea, or you could leave the whole plant in place in your garden and have a pretty and fragrant garden plant. Or all three! It’s that popular.