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Dudleya brittonii (The Chalk Dudleya) This is a solitary or low slowly-clumping succulent with a beautiful 12 to 18 inch wide rosette of chalky-white leaves surrounding a thick basal stem. Stout silvery-white 1 to 2 foot long spikes arch upward and blush red as the clusters of yellow flowers begin to open in late spring to early summer. Plant in a well-drained soil in full sun along the coast but looks best with part sun in hotter inland locations. This plant can tolerate garden conditions better than the similar looking Dudleya pulverulenta but it is still best if one keeps this plant dry in summer months and particularly avoid overhead irrigation during this time – this plant tolerates going without irrigation in summer in coastal gardens but can look better with a careful infrequent watering below the foliage – does not seem to cup the water the same way that Dudleya pulverulenta does. Hardy to around 15 F or slightly below. This is a great plant for the rock garden, a crack in a rock or wall or as a container specimen. There are green forms of this plant but the plant I have seen grown is a dusty chalky-white color. The coating that gives this plant this look is a wax-like substance on the surface of the cuticle that gives the leaves one of the highest ultraviolet reflectivity of any plant. This description of this plant is based on my research and my observations of it growing at the nursery and in other gardens. -Birdy
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