The garden stonecrop, also called autumn sedum, is surely one of the most common sedums. It is a succulent perennial that has long populated gardens.
N. scientific Spectabile Sedum
Synonymous Hylotelephium spectabile
Origin northeast china
Bloom late August, September, October
flowers light pink dark pink, white
Height40 cm 60 cm depending on the variety
Plant and grow
Useborder, clump, rock garden, low wall, pot, tray, pot
Multiplicationcuttings, separation of suckers, division of the clump in spring
Cutcut to ground level in spring
Sensitivity the rotting
The thick and branched stems of the garden stonecrop form an erect tuft, about fifty centimeters high. The bluish green leaves are oval and fleshy.
At the beginning of summer, the flower buds appear grouped together at the end of the stems. Light green in color, they form elegant and numerous slightly domed bouquets.
Then, during the month of August, the small starry, white, pink or purple flowers bloom until October.
And when they are faded, the flowers, then turned brown, are still interesting from an ornamental point of view!
The garden stonecrop is really not a difficult plant: a sunny location and ordinary drained soil are its only requirements. It supports calcareous, clayey, poor, rich, dry or moderately humid soils equally well.
The planting is done rather in the fall (possibility of proceeding, also in the spring, from March to May). If you want to grow stonecrop in planter (or trough), use a potting soil well drained and space the plants every 30 cm, approximately.
Should garden stonecrop be cut back before winter?
When winter arrives, the foliage disappears completely, leaving only the dried stems and flowers. The strain will restart with the arrival of spring.
Usually, gardeners clean up the faded clumps in November, and fold back the stems at the base. However, it is a pity to deprive yourself of their presence during the winter, sublimated by snow or frost! If you can wait, prune only in March (when you prune your hydrangeas).
How to multiply garden stonecrop?
The easiest way is to divide the clumps into several bursts in the spring. Replant immediately.
Grasses or heucheras (purple foliage) are great companions for garden stonecrop, whether in clumps, in flowerbeds or in pots, as are yarrows, rudbeckias or even sagebrush and their beautiful gray foliage.
Bonuses: Spectabile Sedum is also an ideal plant for the rock garden.
If we take into account the multiple cultivars and its ease of cultivation and maintenance, we can safely say that Sedum spectabile is the flower must-have for the off-season!
Species and varieties of Sedum
The genus includes 500 species
- Spectabile Sedum ‘Brilliant’ with dark pink flowers, 40 cm
- Spectabile Sedum ‘Carmen’ with dark pink flowers and bluish foliage, 40 cm
- Spectabile Sedum ‘Septemberglut’ with purple flowers, 40 cm
- Spectabile Sedum ‘Iceberg’ with white flowers, 30 cm
Sheets of plants of the same genus
- Sedum acreSedum cre, Yellow stonecrop, Burning stonecrop, Wall pepper
- Sedum dasyphyllumThick-leaved Stonecrop
- Sedum hispanicumSpanish Stonecrop
- Sedum kamtschaticumKamchatka Stonecrop
- Sedum monregalenseMontreale stonecrop, Mondovi stonecrop, Sdum cross leaves
- Sedum moranensered stonecrop
- Sedum sexangulareSweet stonecrop, Bologna stonecrop, 6-angle stonecrop
- Sedum sieboldiiSiebold stonecrop
- Sedum spathulifoliumStonecrop, Dwarf Sdum
- Sedum spuriumCaucasian Sedum, Sedum btard, Stonecrop spurium
- Sedum telephiumStonecrop resumption, Grass the cut
- Sedum ‘Matrona’Stonecrop Matrona