Looking for Limpet Shell Lovely? Select a Succulent!
Limpet shell is one of two blues on Pantone’s palette of top 2016 colors. Slivers of the delicate aqua line the tops of clouds at sunset and can be found in the glisten of a smooth ocean. While LA naturally brings the rare, distinctive color elsewhere, it is a challenge to find in foliage.
Two drought tolerant succulents can bring the color down to earth in your garden. Echeveria elegans and Dudleya caespitosa each form tight rosettes of fleshy limpet shell leaves. Both erupt with peach echo spikes trimmed with buttercup blooms.
This pair’s tradeoffs are subtle and show that asking “when” can be just as important as asking “how much?”
While drought tolerant, in LA Echeveria needs supplemental water to survive our hot, dry summers. It then rebels against abundant water in winter. This subtle disconnect in when Echeveria wants its water leads to challenges in LA gardens.
Unlike Echeveria, California native Dudleya prefers to drink during LA’s water Happy Hour.
Commonly called Live Forever, Dudleya can thrive for up to 100 years when its relatively simple needs are met. Even heartier than Echeveria, Dudleya will emerge from seemingly uninhabitable cliffs and sandy soils.
Evolved to match the seasons from Baja California to Oregon, Dudleya grows and blooms during wet winters. It dislikes water during summer – a perfect match for our natural weather cycles!
- Dudleyas: California’s Native Succulent Gems
- The Echeverias
- Delightful Dudleya a Super Succulent for Southern California
- Theodore Payne Foundation Nursery Inventory