Hylotelephium 'Dazzleberry' SunSparkler®, Sedum 'Dazzleberry', Sedum 'Dazzleberry' SunSparkler®, Sedum 'Razzleberry'
This succulent was discovered as a single unique plant in 2010 amongst the seedlings that resulted from the cross made in the ongoing breeding program of Chris Hansen between an unnamed plant and Hylotelephium 'Xenox' (formerly Sedum 'Xenox'). It was introduced in 2011 and patented (PP22457) in 2012 as Sedum 'Razzleberry' and is a part of the inventor's registered SunSparkler® series.
Hylotelephium 'Dazzleberry', formerly known as Sedum 'Dazzleberry', is a compact succulent plant with foliage that emerges gray-blue in spring and turns dark purple-black in mid-summer. It reaches a height of 9 inches (22.5 cm) and spreads up to 18 inches (45 cm), tightly mounded, with flower stems that are held upright and do not flop. The stems are glabrous, pink with very fine striations, and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are whorled, sometimes opposite, elliptic with crenate to serrated margins on the upper half of lower leaves. They are up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide. The leaves near the apex and on peduncles are mostly entire. Flowers are star-shaped, dark raspberry red, and appear in dense terminal clusters in summer. The flower heads are up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. In winter, the foliage dies back to the ground, and new growth appears in spring. The plant is evergreen in mild climates.
How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium 'Dazzleberry'
Light: This succulent prefers full sun. It tolerates light to partial shade in hot summer climates but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade. Plant your H. 'Dazzleberry' in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.
Soil: H. 'Dazzleberry' does not need rich soil, but it does need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make one yourself.
Temperature: This plant is tolerant of heat and drought and is cold-hardy, making it a popular outdoor succulent. H. 'Dazzleberry' can withstand temperatures as low as -30 °F (-34.4 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4a to 9b, -30 to 30 °F (-34.4 to -1.1 °C).
Watering: The best way to water H. 'Dazzleberry' is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet, and then wait until it is dry before watering again.
Fertilizing: Feed annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.
Repotting: Plants in containers do require little more care than those in gardens. Repot your H. 'Dazzleberry' when it outgrows its current pot by moving it out to a larger pot to hold the plant better. Spring is the best time to repot this plant. Make sure the soil is dry before you begin the repotting process.
Propagation: This succulent can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings. Sow the seeds in spring. Dividing your H. 'Dazzleberry' is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though it is probably best done in spring or early summer. Propagate by stem cuttings in summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.
Toxicity of Hylotelephium 'Dazzleberry'
H. 'Dazzleberry' can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.
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