flower spikes crowded with a profusion of scarlet flowers is an unforgettable sight. \ he variety carunculata has somewhat narrower leaves with strange blister-like growths on their upper surfaces. And the variety crispata is highly prized for its wavy, crinkled leaf margins Two other iarge species, somewhat different from Egihbiflora and its varieties, but almost as much admired, are E. crenulata, with wavy, red-margined leaves, and E. hoveyi, with long, narrow, gray-green leaves beautifully variegated with pink and cream stripes,
There are scores of other fine echeveria species, varieties, and hybrids too numerous to mention. They all make splendid potted plants indoors or out—on patios, porches, terraces, and lanais« And as landscape plants they are simply indispensable for wall plantings and ground covers, rock gardens and formal beds. Indeed, the beginner will find the echeverias and their relatives among the easiest, most useful of all succulents.
Of the several genera related to the echeverias the genus Dudley a (dudMee-ah) is the largest and perhaps the least known, It contains about eighty species, all native to California and that part of Mexico called Lower California. The dudleyas are rosette plants with long, tapering, persistent leaves which form single or clustered rosettes ranging in color from pale green to snowy while. Their white, yellow, or reddish flowers are not especially interesting, but the spectacular white foliage of several species makes them, outstanding plants in any collection.
Probably the best known of the snowy dudleyas is the Chalk Lettuce, D. pulverulent a* which forms an eighteen-inch rosette of intensely white leaves. D. ingens and D. brittom% are other large species with the same handsome foliage. And among the smaller species D. Candida and D. farinosa are wonderful little white clustering plants. All these dudleyas arc of the easiest culture and, strangely enough, seem to grow better in pots than in the open ground,
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