Phedimus spurius (syn. Sedum spurium), commonly known as Caucasian Stonecrop, is an excellent groundcover plant, particularly for hot, dry sites with poor soil. This succulent forms a low carpet of small green leaves, dappled with pink and creamy-white. Clusters of soft pink or pinkish-white, star-shaped flowers generally appear in summer. As a fairly slow grower, this is inclined to revert, and any all-green shoots should be removed as they appear. Also a good choice for tubs and mixed containers.
You can find Caucasian Stonecrop in cultivars known as Phedimus spurius 'Dragon's Blood', which is deep and fiery red, tricolor, which has more than one color in it, or some known as Phedimus spurius 'John Creech', which has bright green, dense foliage with mauve-pink flowers. It forms a denser mat than many of the other cultivars. It doesn't mind poor soil or drought, but doesn't like wet roots.
Growing Conditions and General Care
When growing your Caucasian Stonecrop, you need to keep in mind that you have to give it sun and fertilizer, and you do have to water it sometimes even though it's drought-resistant. You can give it a balanced low-number fertilizer to help with poor soil, and you can even help it out with deadheading the dried flowers.
It isn't hard to grow Caucasian Stonecrop under the right circumstances, but these plants are forgiving even in the wrong ones. Sometimes soil isn't as permeable as it should be, but the roots of Caucasian Stonecrops can actually push through it. Other times the sun doesn't come out as often, and while this can possibly stunt the growth of the plant over prolonged time, you can still have a healthy Caucasian Stonecrop.
You can be rewarded by beautiful flowers at several points of the year if you care properly for your Caucasian Stonecrop. Enjoy the vivid colors while they last and, when it's time for dormancy, look forward to the same colors next year.
Caucasian Stonecrop is easy to propagate. Simply break pieces off in early summer and stick them in the ground.
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