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Sedum kamtschaticum (Stonecrop)

Sedum kamtschaticum Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Sedum kamtschaticum SEE-dum kam-SHAT-tih-kum Common Name: Stonecrop Genus: Sedum
This tough, drought-tolerant species has glossy deep green leaves and, in early summer, half-inch golden yellow flowers that open from pink buds. It grows to about 6 inches tall and a little wider and makes a good groundcover. 
Noteworthy characteristics: Long-lasting, star-like, golden yellow flowers.
Care: Grow in well-drained soil of moderate fertility that is neutral to slightly alkaline. Full sun.
Propagation: Take stem cuttings or root leaves in early summer. Start seed in fall. Divide in spring.
Problems: Mealybugs, scale insects, slugs, and snails can be problems.
Height Less than 6 in.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Showy Flowers; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Early Summer
Flower Color Red Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden, Xeric Bed
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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