kids encyclopedia robot

Dudleya cymosa facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Dudleya cymosa
Dudleya cymosa 2.jpg
Conservation status

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification

Echeveria cymosa

Dudleya cymosa is a succulent plant known by the common name: canyon live-forever. The plant is found in rocky areas in the low elevations of California and southern Oregon mountains.


It is a distinctive plant sending up erect red-orange stems from a gray-green basal rosette. The small yellowish-red thimble-shaped flowers top the stems in a cyme inflorescence. Some subspecies are considered threatened locally.


Selected Dudleya cymosa subspecies:

  • Dudleya cymosa subsp. costafolia - Pierpoint Springs dudleya
  • Dudleya cymosa subsp. crebrifolia - San Gabriel River dudleya
  • Dudleya cymosa subsp. marcescens - marcescent dudleya
  • Dudleya cymosa. subsp. ovatifolia - Santa Monica Mountains dudleya

The subspecies marcescens and ovatifolia are federally listed as threatened species of the United States.

Butterfly habitat

Dudleya cymosa is the larval host plant for the Sonoran blue butterfly, Philotes sonorensis (Lycaenidae)

Dudleya cymosa 1
Basal rosette, erect stems, and inflorescences
kids search engine
Dudleya cymosa Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.