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Plantidote of the Day 2010-11-29

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Dudleya

Crassulaceae

One of my favorite succulents, dudleyas don't need much of anything other than some sun to thrive here in Zone 10. If you live anywhere other than California or Arizona, good luck. Dudleyas like the desert and they love being left alone. One source described them as "happy with neglect." The leaf rosettes on this variety -- D. pulverulenta -- can grow up to two feet in diameter. So far, the largest here is about 4." Maybe they need to be neglected more.

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