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Sedum rupestre (Rocky stonecrop, Stone orpine)

Sedum rupestre Photo/Illustration: Virginia Small


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Sedum rupestre SEE-dum roo-PES-tree Common Name: Rocky stonecrop, Stone orpine Synonyms: S. reflexum Genus: Sedum
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 characteristics: Give this freely spreading plant room to grow; it makes a great groundcover and spills over walls.
Care: Provide well-drained, gravelly soil in full sun. It can also take a bit of shade.
Propagation: Take stem cuttings or root leaves in early summer; start seed in fall; divide in spring.
Problems: Mealybugs, scale, slugs, and snails.
Height Less than 6 in.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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