| Sedum sieboldii
Common name: Stonecrop - October Daphne.
Zones 3 to 9, semi-evergreen.
Plants reach 6 to 10 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide;
low-growing, spreading species
forms circular mound of arching stems from central crown.
Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow.
Thick, round, scalloped, blue-green leaves are narrowly trimmed in deep pink; by fall pink edge intensifies. A colorful sedum favorite - its foliage looks great all summer long and in the fall, if sited properly, may display shades of pink, red, yellow, and orange. Clusters of bright-pink flowers appear in late summer to fall. Sedum sieboldii can be used as a small-scale groundcover, as an edging, in rock gardens, or even tucked into cracks in a rock wall.
Performs best in full sun in moist, well-drained soils, but it is extremely urban tolerant. Sedum can be grown in highly stressful sites around rockery with thin, poor, or very dry soils, of various pH, low fertility, extreme heat, drought, and high light reflectance; however, it is not tolerant of wet or poorly drained soils. Plants grown in rich soil tend to be lanky and open. Most Sedum varieties should be grown in full sun to light shade; however, lower growing types will survive in partial shade.
Sedum is one of the most popular perennials grown in American gardens because it is very easy to grow and hardy in most areas of the country. Thick, succulent leaves which can store water, allow established sedum to withstand periods of drought. Divide sedum every 3 to 4 years to maintain compact growth habit. Older plants tend to split in the center if they have not been divided. Pinching the taller varieties back by half in early summer will also help prevent them from splitting. This plant is not usually bothered by pests or diseases.
Attracts butterflies and bees. Deer and rabbit resistant. Terrific low-maintenance plant.