The genus Sedum encompasses a diverse group of succulent plants, ranging from diminutive mats to 2-foot shrubby mounds. They are most often grown for their colorful, clean foliage and ease of culture.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFoliage colors ranging from smoky blue to rich burgundy throughout the season. Seed heads provide autumn interest.
CarePrefers moderately fertile soil in full sun, but can take it drier. Some species may take some shade. Tip-prune larger species at 6 to 8 inches to shorten and delay flowering.
PropagationTake softwood cuttings or root leaves in early summer. Start seed of hardy species in fall, others in early spring. Divide in spring.
ProblemsMealybugs, scale, slugs, and snails.