Where does succulent come from?
Dudleya brittonii is native to Baja California, Mexico.
Dudleya brittonii Johans.
What succulent looks like?
The ‘silver dollar plant’ (Dudleya brittonii) is a solitary, succulent plant in which the stem terminates in a rosette of slender leaves densely covered with a white, waxy coating (farina).
It makes neat, compact plants with juicy, spatulate leaves of a watery sea-green colour, covered by waxy bloom. Flower stems are bright red and very showy combined with the starry, pink-bracted yellow or orange flowers above.
As the plants mature, the old dead leaves hang on and form a rough “tutu” on the main stem. It is the most common in cultivation, resembles a chalky gray echeveria (Dudleya pulverulenta), but Dudleya brittonii grows larger, eventually forming a solitary rosette 50 cm in diameter.
How to grow succulent?
This slow growing specie is often grown and makes an attractive plant. Grow it as a house or conservatory plant in a porous mix, or as a garden perennial where winters are mild and summers dry. Powdery white leaves make these plants standouts, but avoid touching them as they are easily and permanently marked by finger marks.
All of the plants in the Dudleya genus are known to live up to 100 years.
They do best in very well-drained, sandy or gravely soil. As an ornamental it is also grown in containers where it stays smaller than its outdoor brethren. In pots they need a very porous mix soil.
How to take care succulent?
Remove spent flower stems for appearance. The older leaves of Dudleyas wither but remain attached to the stem.
Dudleyas are summer-dormant winter growers that require fresh air, exceptionally well- drained soil, and no summer water—even though they may appear drought stressed because their outer leaves dry and curl inward. (provide water in spring and autumn). In the summer the roots are unable to absorb the water so any excess of water simply rots them because of their dormant state.