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Hylotelephium cauticola (Cliff Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Hylotelephium cauticola (Praeger) H. Ohba

Common Names

Cliff Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum cauticola

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Hylotelephium cauticola, also known as Sedum cauticola, is an excellent edging or rock garden plant that grows up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) tall. It is a carpet-forming succulent perennial with trailing stems of pink-tinged, grey-green, round leaves and purplish-pink, star-shaped flowers that appear in fall. The specific epithet "cauticola" means "growing on cliffs," referring to the plant's favored habitat.

Hylotelephium cauticola (Cliff Stonecrop) aka Sedum cauticola

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 3a to 9b: from −40 °F (−40 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

These popular garden plants are easy to grow. Hylotelephiums are ideal for that part of your garden that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. They also grow well in containers.

Hylotelephiums prefer full sun. They tolerate light to partial shade in hot summer climates but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade or overly rich soils.

These succulents do not need rich soil, but they do need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make one yourself.

Hylotelephiums are drought-tolerant once established. The best way to water a Hylotelephium is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until it is dry before watering again.

Feed annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.

Hylotelephiums can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

Origin

Hylotelephium cauticola is native to Japan.

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