Lady-Fingers (Dudleya edulis) - TheBackCountry

Dudleya edulis is a succulent plant known by the common name Lady-fingers.

The plant is endemic to chaparral habitats, and is native to southwestern Southern California and slightly into northwestern Baja California. It grows in rocky slopes and soil, and on rock outcrops and ledges, from sea level to below 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) in elevation. It is native from the coast into the Peninsular Ranges, including the Santa Ana Mountains and Cuyamaca Mountains, and on San Clemente Island.

It is found in coastal sage scrub and chaparral and woodlands habitats.

D. edulis is made up of an array of fleshy, finger-like leaves growing vertically from a caudex at or just below ground level. The fingerlike leaves are pale green, cylindrical and pointed, growing up to 20 centimetres (7.9 in) tall.

It bears a branching inflorescence 10–50 centimetres (3.9–19.7 in) tall, with several terminal branches each bearing up to 10 or 11 flowers. The flowers have pointed white to cream petals about a centimeter long. The bloom period is May to July.

It is known to naturally hybridize with Dudleya stolonifera and Dudleya blochmaniae where their ranges overlap.

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