Sedum- St one crop

Predominantly hardy perennials with fleshy leaves in which moisture can be stored.

Situation:

Many species are only suitable for rock gardens or walls. They require plenty of sun. A number of larger species may also be used for planting in the border, where they are conspicuous because of their prolonged flowering season.

Soil:

For true rock plants a very well-drained situation is essential. The other species will grow in almost any not too damp soil.

Propagation:

By division in spring, from summer cuttings, or from seed.

Sedum album: Also grows wild; height to 20 cm; white flowers in early to mid summer. Creeping stems, very fleshy leaves, beautifully coloured cultivars, for instance ‘Coral Carpet’, which is coral red. Evergreen. Sedum cyaneum: Height 15 cm; small carmine-pink flowers in summer months. The blue-green leaves grow in rosettes; clump forming.

Sedum floriferum: Height 15 cm; yellow flowers in summer months; dark-green foliage. The best known variety is ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’, golden yellow. Evergreen. Sedum kamtschaticum: Height 15-25 cm; orange-yellow flowers in loose clusters from early summer to early autumn. Spatula-shaped dark-green and glossy leaves; in ‘Variegatum’ they have beautiful creamy yellow marking. Sedum spathulifolium: Height 10-15 cm; pale-yellow flowers late spring to mid summer. The fleshy leaves are spatula-shaped and pointed, covered in blue bloom, and arranged in rosettes. In ‘Capa Blanca’ the rosettes are silvery in colour; in Turpureum’ they are purple. Sedum spectabile: Height 30-50 cm; rose-red flowers in flat umbels in late summer and early autumn; very attractive to bees. In ‘Brilliant’ the colour is bright carmine-red. Sedum spurium: Height 8-15 cm; rose-red to purple-red flowers in flat umbels in late summer and early autumn. In Turpurteppich’ the foliage is reddish in colour. ‘Schor-busser Blut’ is the finest form, with carmine-red flowers. Excellent as ground-cover.

Sedum telephium: Height 20-40 cm; purple-red flowers in flat umbels in mid to late summer. ‘Herbstfreude’ is brown red, and flowers later. A very fine plant.

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