Hylotelephium cauticola (Praeger) H. Ohba
Hylotelephium cauticola, also known as Sedum cauticola, is an excellent edging or rock garden plant 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 in fall. The specific epithet "cauticola" means "growing on cliffs", referring to the plant's favored habitat.
USDA hardiness zones 3a to 9b: from −40 °F (−40 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The genus Hylotelephium may not be familiar to many of you. Still, most gardeners have seen or are growing these succulents without knowing it. That is because this genus was once part of the genus Sedum. Members of the genus Hylotelephium are popular garden plants, known as Border Stonecrops or Border Sedums.
Hylotelephiums will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for the part of your garden that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. They also grow well in containers.
These succulent prefer full sun. They tolerate some light shade but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade or overly fertile soils. Grow Hylotelephiums in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.
These succulents succeed in most soils but prefer a well-drained potting mix.
They are drought-tolerant plants. The best way to water Hylotelephiums is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until the soil is dry before watering again.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.
Hylotelephium cauticola is native to Japan.
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