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Dudleya - (Nutt.)Moran.

Common Name Mission Lettuce, Fingertips
Family Crassulaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky hillsides below 1,000 metres[71]. High elevations in the Sonoran Desert[200].
Range South-western N. America - S. California.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Dudleya Mission Lettuce, Fingertips


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Dudleya Mission Lettuce, Fingertips

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Dudleya is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Cotyledon edulis. (Nutt.)Brewer.&Wats. Echeveria edulis. Stylophyllum edulis.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Leaves - raw. Fleshy[183]. They are considered to be a delicacy[183]. Stems - slightly sweet and refreshing to chew, though they leave a chalky taste in the mouth[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a very sunny position in a well-drained soil[200]. Plants enter a semi-dormant state in late summer and they should be kept fairly dry at this time[200]. There must be some doubt over the hardiness of this species. One report says that it is hardy to zone 8 which suggests that it should tolerate occasional cold periods down to between -5 and -10°c, but the report also says that the plants should be protected from frost, with a winter temperatures no lower than 7°c[200].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of side shoots in the summer. Dry the stem for 24 hours before planting in a very sandy soil mix[200]. The main stem can also be used, the parent plant will then produce new plantlets at the cut edge[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Dudleya edulisMission Lettuce, Fingertips30
Dudleya lanceolataLanceleaf Liveforever10
Dudleya pulverulentaChalk Lettuce, Chalk dudleya20

 

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