Stonecrop

Sedum spp.

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Sedum is a very large genus of almost 500 species in the stonecrop family, Crassulaceae. They are native to the Northern Hemisphere, extending further south in some regions. Members of this genus are extremely variable with alternate, opposite or whorled leaves. Most are succulent annuals, others being evergreen or deciduous perennials and shrubs - some of which are included in the Hyloteliphium genus. Many sedums are cultivated for their attractive succulent foliage which comes in a variety of colours and forms, and for their dainty star-shaped flowers. They thrive in rock garden settings, can provide useful groundcover and are now used extensively in green roof planting for their tough, drought-tolerant qualities. Tender species are popular as houseplants. Sedum is toxic if ingested and can irritate the skin.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Particularly in late-flowering varieties

Autumn colour

Drought resistant

Special features

Origin

N. Hemisphere

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Compost, Chalk, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Crassulaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Yellow, Red, White

Scent

None

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