Fish-scale sedum

Sedum tetractinum

Photo/Illustration: 
Jerry Pavia
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Fish-scale sedum (Sedum tetractinum)
Genus:  Sedum
Plant a succulent sedum in the shade? Yes. Ground-cover sedums do well in dry-shade areas, especially in places that have high summer heat. Shallow, dry soils are no problem for this plant, as it stores extra water in its foliage. Fish-scale sedum spreads by runners forming a mat of overlapping, rounded foliage, which resembles fish scales. Bright yellow flower spikes appear over the shiny foliage during summer, and the cooler weather of autumn transforms the evergreen foliage to reddish bronze. I tuck this plant between exposed roots of deciduous trees, where little else will grow. Make sure not to plant in moist or waterlogged soils as it will rot easily. Any piece of this plant will root to form a new colony, so it is easy to spread about the shade garden. -Jimmy Turner, Perennials for dry shade, Fine Gardening issue #133
Care:  Best in well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Spreads via rhizomes. Transplant satellites.

Overview

Height
3 inches
Spread
18 inches
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Type
Perennials

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