Showy stonecrop

Sedum spectabile

Sedum spectabile 'Mohrchen'
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bluestone Perennials
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Showy stonecrop (Sedum spectabile)
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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.

Overview

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
Type
Perennials

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