Rocky stonecrop

Sedum rupestre

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Rocky stonecrop (Sedum rupestre)
SEE-dum roo-PES-tree
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.

Overview

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
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
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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