Dudleya virens

Dudleya virens, the green liveforever or bright green dudleya, is an uncommon species of perennial, succulent plant in the family Crassulaceae, native to several coastal southern California and Baja California locations.[2]

Dudleya virens
Dudleya virens ssp. hassei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Dudleya
Species:
D. virens
Binomial name
Dudleya virens
Synonyms[1]
  • Cotyledon albida (Rose) Fedde
  • Cotyledon hassei (Rose) Fedde
  • Cotyledon insularis (Rose) Fedde
  • Cotyledon virens (Rose) Fedde
  • Dudleya hassei (Rose) Moran
  • Dudleya insularis (Rose) P.H. Thomson
  • Echeveria hassei (Rose) A.Berger
  • Echeveria insularis (Rose) A.Berger
  • Echeveria virens (Rose) A.Berger
  • Stylophyllum insulare Rose

Distribution

The succulent is found growing in the Palos Verdes Hills on the Palos Verdes Peninsula coast in Los Angeles County; on several of the Channel Islands in California; and on Guadalupe Island off the northwestern Baja California Peninsula, Mexico.

Description

Dudleya virens leaves are fleshy and strap-shaped, 8–20 cm long and 1.5–3 cm broad, tapering from the base (or from near middle) and are mostly green. They are arranged in a rosette.

The flowers are white, with five petals 7–10 mm long; they are produced in April, May, and June. Hummingbirds visit the flowers for their nectar.

Subspecies

Subspecies include:

Cultivation

Dudleya virens is cultivated as an ornamental plant in the specialty native plants and succulents horticulture trade.[7] It is used in containers, drought tolerant landscapes, and habitat gardens. It prefers well-draining soil, and grows best in full sun or light shade.

References

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