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‘Autumn Joy’ Stonecrop

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

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This plant is as dependable and adaptable as they come. Its flowers bloom from August into November; they open pink and mature to a copper befitting of autumn. It is 2 feet tall and wide, with succulent stems and leaves. ‘Autumn Joy’ looks great with ornamental grasses.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThe long-blooming flowers change from deep pink to copper. Attracts butterflies.

CareSedum prefers moderately fertile, moist soil in full sun, but can take it drier. 'Autumn Joy' can be tip pruned at 6 to 8 inches to shorten the plant, but this will also delay flowering.

PropagationTake softwood cuttings or root leaves in early summer. Start seed of hardy species in fall. Divide in spring.

ProblemsFairly trouble free, but watch for mealybugs, scale insects, slugs, and snails, as well as bigger critters, including deer.

  • Genus : Sedum
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red
  • Characteristics : Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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  1. red_raspberry 09/07/2015

    Bees love this plant. Many times there are 4 or 5 different types of bees and wasp on it.

  2. Valided 09/18/2015

    Tiny butterflies have swarmed my sedum blooms, they really love it.

  3. user-7007832 09/29/2015

    why does mine spread apart as it gets taller?

    1. SpeakinDaFacts 11/13/2015

      It could be an animal such as raccoon is looking for the slugs to feast on.

    2. vahorses 09/18/2017

      Mine does the same thing.

  4. AllAndSundry 10/03/2015

    Do I cut it down in the fall, or does it keep its stems from year to year and grow bigger and bigger?

    1. user-7007871 10/24/2015

      This site is great and am very greatful I found it!

      1. SpeakinDaFacts 11/13/2015

        You can trim in either spring or fall. Preference. If you leave them on for the winter the birds eat the seeds.

        1. sharonmarksman 03/24/2016

          I love watching the birds on my winter sedum. It is quite a fun show. I also let a few sunflowers from my feeder go to seed. The birds go nuts over it. Super funny.

      2. carolynfine 11/15/2015

        It's preferred that the stems be trimmed down to 6-8" in height
        during the Fall season, sometime around mid to late November (when the
        flowers turn to seed). Trimming during Spring will most certainly delay the growth of new flowers.

        1. user-7007871 11/15/2015

          Thank you so much.

          M.J. Fisher

    2. SpeakinDaFacts 11/13/2015

      I trimmed mine in the spring. Most people leave them up so that the birds can feed off of them in the winter time.

    3. carolynfine 11/15/2015

      It's preferred that the stems be trimmed down to 6-8" in height
      during the Fall season, sometime around mid to late November (when the
      flowers turn to seed). Trimming during Spring will delay the growth of
      new flowers.

    4. eleniroumeliotis 02/19/2016

      I was advised to cut the stems at ground level after flowering, in the Spring. I was assured the growing cycle would begin immediately, and it did. Initially, there were two stems. What grew back was a thing to behold! Picture taken when not fully grown.

    5. eleniroumeliotis 02/19/2016

      Didn't attach with my comment. :-)

  5. peternofi 08/30/2016

    Mine tend to turn brown rather than pink or rust colored. Is this a fertilizer or PH issue?

    1. revdrgcharlessatterwhite 03/28/2017

      Just now planting

    2. pat_k_sensing 09/07/2017

      Same problem..laying down

      1. kathleenspoffordworth 09/24/2017

        Does anyone s fall over because there to heavy and tall?

  6. user-7008870 09/04/2017

    Today the Bubble bees were laying around on my Sedum blooms like passed out drunks. This stuff is like catnip for Bubble bees.

    1. kathleenspoffordworth 09/24/2017

      I cut some to put in a vase and oh my there were bees all over them, i didn't even notice until I went to cut the bottoms of, so gross

  7. user-7008892 09/16/2017

    So, I inherited a large plant of this from a friend of the family. We planted it in a large pot (18" dia) but were later advised that it may not go dormant for the winter in a pot. Can it survive a New England winter in a large pot?

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