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Rocky stonecrop

Sedum rupestre

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This is a vigorous, mat-forming evergreen species with small gray-green leaves and terminal clusters of star-shaped, vibrant yellow flowers in summer. The drooping buds face upward when they open. It grows to 4 inches tall and 2 feet across.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsGive this freely spreading plant room to grow; it makes a great groundcover and spills over walls.

CareProvide well-drained, gravelly soil in full sun. It can also take a bit of shade.

PropagationTake stem cuttings or root leaves in early summer; start seed in fall; divide in spring.

ProblemsMealybugs, scale, slugs, and snails.

  • Genus : Sedum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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