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sedum.jpgSedum (seed-um), stonecrop; Crassulaceae Family. Tough, hardy, ubiquitous, drought-resistant perennials, mostly of the North Temperate Zone, that may well be called the backbone of an easy-maintenance rock garden. Sedum are enormously useful in an endless variety of situations – besides steps, on walls and at the front edge of borders. They are mostly low spreaders, with succulent, often evergreen leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped, white, yellow, red, pink or rarely blue flowers. All thrive in full sun and almost any well-drained soil.

Looking for a robust, versatile, drought tolerant, low maintenance plant that can work in challenging locations? Sedums are commonly called stonecrops because they are often found in the wild growing on rocky or stony ledges.

Sedum are succulents which have low water and maintenance requirements. Flourishing in almost any well-drained, sunny spot, they are not particular about soil fertility or pH. Well drained, lean soils are preferred especially during the colder months, as winter wetness can be deadly. Sedum's shallow root system and water requirements make them ideal candidates for use in vegetated or green roofs.

The genus Sedum (about 400 worldwide species) is just one of 33 genera within the family Crassulaceae, other familiar members include Kalanchoe, Crassula (Jade plant), Echeveria and Sempervivum (both known as Hens and Chicks). Succulent foliage enables these plants to withstand extended periods of drought and neglect, but it is their versatility and beauty that make them easy to grow and appreciate.

Foliage color ranges from green through yellow, red, burgundy and blue, while flowers can be white, yellow, pink or red with many combinations of the two categories. Growth habit can vary from low ground cover, creeping type plants, to those of a more showy upright stature. Flowering can begin as early as mid summer (especially the ground covers) but it is in the late summer to autumn that these plants come into their own with the taller selections providing color and food for late season butterflies and then continuing to hold their form over the colder months to help with winter interest in the garden.

Common names include Stonecrop and Live Forever, both fairly indicative of the ease with which these plants grow. The genus name of Sedum comes from the Latin sedo: to sit. The assumption being that the plants will take root and 'sit' wherever segments that may break off of the parent plant may find a home. Sedum are generally very easy to propagate from stem cuttings and seed.

The International Botanical Congress has suggested that several species be removed from Sedum and now classified as Hylotelephium. Upright Sedum such as S. spectabile, S. sieboldii, and S. telephium and their cultivars may now also be referred to as Hylotelephium.

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. 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.

Excellent as a border plant, container, cut flower or foliage, dried flower or seed heads, drought tolerant, mass plantings, and salt tolerant. Attracts butterflies, Rabbit resistant.

 

  • Sedum 'After Dark' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'After Dark' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'After Dark' PPAF (25) Bare Root PlantsCommon Name: Stonecrop 'After Dark' is a compact dark-leaved sedum. Deep purple foliage is near-black, with the summer sun bringing out the darkest color. In fall clusters of black buds will open to garnet red...

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  • Sedum Autumn Fire 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Autumn Fire' (25) BR Plants

    Sedum x 'Autumn Fire' (25) Bare Root Plants a/k/a Stonecrop This selection is very similar to 'Autumn Joy', but was selected for its tighter growth habit, thicker foliage, and more brightly colored rosy flowers which are produced from late summer...

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  • Sedum Autumn Joy Herbstfreude 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Autumn Joy' ('Herbstfreude') (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Autumn Joy' (25) Bare Root Plants a/k/a stonecrop. Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'. One of the most popular perennials on the market today. This hardy, upright selection sports light green leaves and deep rose flowers which age to a beautiful...

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  • Sedum 'Back in Black' PP33632 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Back in Black' PP33632 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Back in Black' PP33632 CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N GROW® CollectionCommon Name: Autumn Stonecrop New to the ROCK 'N GROW® collection comes an upright Sedum with near black leaves. Enjoy the dark leaf foliage throughout the summer,...

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  • Sedum Boogie Woogie PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Boogie Woogie' PP31767 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Boogie Woogie' PP31767 CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N LOW® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop People love variegation in perennials. Enter 'Boogie Woogie', a stable summer-flowering groundcover type that will definitely make your garden...

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  • Sedum Bright Idea PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bright Idea' PP34396 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bright Idea' PP34396 CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N ROUND® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop This hybrid Stonecrop has a similar appearance and blooms in early summer like S. kamtschaticum. However, the habit is much more polished with a...

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  • Sedum Bundle of Joy PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bundle of Joy' PP30808 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Bundle of Joy' PP30808 CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N ROUND® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop If you love 'Pure Joy' for its fantastic can't-be-beat habit and short stature, you'll love 'Bundle of Joy'. This is a white flowering sport of...

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  • Sedum Carl 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Carl' (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Carl' (25) Bare Root Plants Common name: Stonecrop-Autumn. a/k/a Hylotelephium This English variety is distinguished from ‘Autumn Joy’ by its compact habit and large clusters of brilliant magenta pink flowers held on reddish stems...

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  • Sedum Coraljade PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Coraljade' PP33958 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Coraljade' PP33958 CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N ROUND® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop This new member of the ROCK 'N GROW® collection is a perfect counterpart to 'Lemonjade'. It has the same rich green foliage as the former, but...

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  • Sedum Lemonjade PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Lemonjade' PP26448 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Lemonjade' PP26448 CPBR5334 (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N GROW® CollectionCommon Name: Autumn Stonecrop Unlike most autumn stonecrops which have pink flowers, ‘Lemonjade’ bears large 5-7” panicles of bright citron yellow...

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  • Sedum 'Midnight Velvet' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Midnight Velvet' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Midnight Velvet' PPAF CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsProven Winners® ROCK 'N GROW® Collection Common Name: StonecropA tall Sedum in line with the rest of the ROCK 'N GROW® Collection, 'Midnight Velvet' adds a new foliage and flower color...

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  • Sedum 'Night Embers' PP29211 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Night Embers' PP29211 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Night Embers' PP29211 (25) Bare Root PlantsCommon Name: Autumn Stonecrop This late season bloomer can be admired for its strictly upright habit of dark black-purple, semi-glossy succulent leaves. Small clusters of light mauve pink flowers are...

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  • Sedum Night Light PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Night Light' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Night Light' PPAF (25) (25) Bare Root PlantsCommon Name: Autumn Stonecrop A beautifully contrasting Sedum that will set your late summer landscape aglow! 'Night Light' produces deep olive green leaves on dark purples stems that hold clusters...

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  • Sedum 'Popstar' PP31228 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Popstar' PP31228 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Popstar' PP31228 CPBR6264 (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N ROUND® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop This low maintenance, compact Stonecrop will be the star of your late summer garden. In the summer, blue-green foliage appears on grey-purple stems...

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  • Sedum 'Pride and Joy' PP32530 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pride and Joy' PP32530 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pride and Joy' PP32530 CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N ROUND® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop 'Pure Joy' has become a garden staple for the late summer/early fall garden. Now joining the light pink 'Pure Joy' and the white-flowering sport...

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  • Sedum 'Pure Joy' PP24194 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pure Joy' PP24194 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Pure Joy' PP24194 CPBR5340 (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N ROUND® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop It was truly a joy to watch this plant progress through the seasons here in our trials. In the spring, very small, sharply serrated leaves...

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  • Sedum 'Superstar' PP31547 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Superstar' PP31547 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Superstar' PP31547 CPBR6265 (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N ROUND® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop This low maintenance, compact Stonecrop will be the star of your late summer garden. Dark turquoise succulent leaves have a smoky gray overlay...

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  • Sedum Tiramisu PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Tiramisu' PP33781 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Tiramisu' PP33781 CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N ROUND® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop This upright Sedum displays many colors over the growing season, much like the colors of the decadent dessert. Through most of the summer, bronze...

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  • Sedum Yellow Brick Road PPAF 25 BR Plants

    Sedum 'Yellow Brick Road' PP32158 (25) BR Plants

    Sedum 'Yellow Brick Road' PP32158 CPBRAF (25) Bare Root PlantsROCK 'N LOW® CollectionCommon Name: Stonecrop Looking for a beautiful groundcover? 'Yellow Brick Road' is your answer! This perennial will cover its dark green leaves and red stems with...

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  • Sedum sieboldii 25 BR Plants

    Sedum sieboldii (25) BR Plants

    Sedum sieboldii (25) Bare Root Plants Common name: Stonecrop-October Daphne. Often described as having the most beautiful foliage and form of all sedums, this adorable little plant looks great all summer long and then really comes into its own in...

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  • Sedum spurium John Creech 10ct Flat

    Sedum spurium 'John Creech' (10)ct Flat

    Sedum spurium John Creech Stonecrop Zones 3 to 9; Sun. Vigorous, spreading stonecrop that typically grows to 2 inches height. Semi-evergreen has small, scalloped, green leaves with serrated edges. Pink flowers appear above the foliage in fall. Quickly...

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  • Sedum tetractinum Chinese Sedum 10ct Flat

    Sedum tetractinum 'Chinese Sedum' (10)ct Flat

    Sedum tetractinum 'Chinese Sedum' Stonecrop Zones 4 to 8; Sun. Vigorous, spreading stonecrop that typically grows to 3 inches height. Evergreen has round, flat green leaves; turns reddish-bronze in the fall. Bright yellow flower clusters rise just above...

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