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Hylotelephium (Sedum) ‘Autumn Joy’

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Scientific Name

Hylotephium spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’

Common Names

Showy Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Indian Chief’, Sedum spectabile ‘Indian Chief’, Sedum ‘Indian Chief’, Sedum spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’ , Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Hylotelephium

Description

Hylotephium spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ is a succulent perennial up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall that has up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide cabbage-like rosettes. Leaves are succulent, pale blue-green, ovate, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide held from later winter to fall. The flowers open from greenish-pink buds, rapidly progressing through pale pink to become dark pink and ultimately taking on a brownish hue.

Photo via gardenweb.com

Photo via gardenweb.com

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedum, keep in mind that Sedum plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the Sedum plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant. For taller Sedum varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily and anew plant will be established in a season or two… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum.

Origin

Nursery produced cultivar.

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