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Sedum spectabile (Showy stonecrop, Everlasting)

Sedum spectabile Sedum spectabile 'Mohrchen' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Sedum spectabile SEE-dum spek-TAB-il-ee Common Name: Showy stonecrop, Everlasting Genus: Sedum
An upright species to 18 inches tall and wide, this plant bears pink flowers in August that persist into fall. Thick, almost succulent leaves are bluish green. S. spectabile was crossed with S. telephium to create the very popular 'Autumn Joy.'
Noteworthy characteristics: Attractive to bees.
Care: Grow in full sun and well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil of moderate fertility. Divide every 3 or 4 years. Plants sometime flop late in the season, so stake or cut back by half in early June.
Propagation: Take stem cuttings in early summer, or root individual leaves in summer. Start seed in fall; divide in spring.
Problems: Mealybugs, scale insects, slugs, snails.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
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 Fall; Late Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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