- A round succulent plant covered in chalky, powdery wax.
- A rosette of flat, wide, fleshy leaves.
- Leaves are pale green when new and age to a pinkish, papery texture.
- Flowers are on tall stems and are tubular orange, pink, and red blooms.
- Can grow to one foot wide and up to one foot tall.
- San Luis Obispo to northern Baja California, Mexico.
- Found in rocky areas in coastal and inland mountains.
- Found in desert foothills.
- Prefer to grow on a slope.
- Flowers in the spring and summer.
- Pollination primarily by hummingbirds and bumblebees.
- Like all plants, it gets its energy from the sun through photosynthesis.
- Moths, butterflies, bumblebees, and hummingbirds eat its pollen.
- Rabbits and deer will eat the leaves.
- Kumeyaay Native Americans used it as both food and medicine.
- It is also called chalk lettuce and chalk liveforever..
Sources: California Native Plant Society; University of San Diego; San Marcos Growers; Clearwater Color Nursery
Photo: Beth Besom
See the chalk dudleya and other native plants in the Native Plant Garden at Living Coast Discovery Center.