Common Names: chalk lettuce
Type: Succulent perennial
Size: Leaves 1 ft. high and wide, blooms 2-3 ft.
Flowers: Pink flowers on 1.5-5 ft. spikes, spring to early summer; silver-gray leaves in rosettes covered with a white, mealy powder.
Uses: Rock garden, succulent garden, containers, borders, slopes, near oak trees. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Deer resistant.
Soil: Tolerates a variety; must be well-drained. Native to rocky places.
Water: Medium; drought-tolerant.
Sun: Part sun to some shade, especially inland.
Pruning: Prune off spent flower stalks and remove dead or damaged leaves.
Pests & Diseases: Occasionally aphids, snails, slugs. Avoid overwatering.
Notes: Local native found naturally on cliff faces in decomposed granite. Part of chaparral and coastal sage scrub. Plant rosette at angle to shed water. Hardy to 15° F.