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.

Garden Stonecrop, Autumn Stonecrop, Sedum spectabile


N. scientific Spectabile Sedum

Synonymous Hylotelephium spectabile

Origin northeast china

Bloom late August, September, October

flowers light pink dark pink, white

Kindflower, succulent


Foliage obsolete

Height40 cm 60 cm depending on the variety

Plant and grow

hardiness rustic

Exposure Sun

Floorordinary drain

Acidity neutral

Humidity normal

Useborder, clump, rock garden, low wall, pot, tray, pot

Plantingspring fall

Multiplicationcuttings, separation of suckers, division of the clump in spring

Cutcut to ground level in spring

Sensitivity the rotting

Garden Stonecrop, Autumn Stonecrop, Sedum spectabile
Blooming right now

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!

Cultivation conditions

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.

Autumnal Scenes

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

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