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Dudleya edulis

Dudleya edulis

Not often seen outside of collectors nurseries, Dudleya edulis is a succulent plant native to Southern California and Mexico. Sometimes called 'fingertips cactus'.

An attractive low growing succulent plant Dudleya edulis isalso the 'mission lettuce'. So why the mission lettuce name, the fleshy leaves are said to edible, not sure about that. Grown in a container as a single specimen it looks great, although it can also be grown in the ground where it will eventaully form a clump.

An excellent species for indoors as it requires very little water and copes with lower light than some.

Consider its natural habitat, rocky inclines, so good drainage, and growing from foothills to coastal areas.

Foliage color will vary a little with season and variety from green to a blue grey.

Slow growing it will eventually reach around 1 ft in height with a similar spread. Spring flowering, although mostly grown for its slender foliage.

Although you could grow Dudleya edulis it is more usually grown in containers as a specimen plant.