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Hylotelephium erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' (Frosty Morn Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Hylotelephium erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn'

Common Names

Frosty Morn Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum alboroseum 'Frosty Morn', Sedum erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn', Sedum 'Frosty Morn'

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

This variegated cultivar of Hylotelephium erythrostictum was discovered in Japan by plantsman and plant explorer Barry Yinger. The plant was given to another well-known plantsman, Tony Avent, who owns Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, for propagation and sale in the United States.

Description

Hylotelephium erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn', formerly known as Sedum erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn', is a compact, clump-forming succulent with thick, erect stems that bear fleshy, green to gray-green leaves with creamy white margins. It grows up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall. Flowers are small, star-shaped, white to pinkish appear in flat clusters from late summer to early fall. When open, the flowers can almost entirely cover the foliage.

Hylotelephium erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' (Frosty Morn Stonecrop) aka Sedum erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn'

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How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn'

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. erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Soil: H. erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' does not need rich soil, but it does need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents or make one yourself.

Hardiness: This plant has a tolerance to heat and drought and is cold-hardy, making it a popular outdoor succulent. H. erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' can withstand temperatures as low as -40 to 30 °F (-40 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 3a to 9b.

Watering: The best way to water H. erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' 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. erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' 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 seeds in spring. Dividing your H. erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' 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 erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn'

H. erythrostictum 'Frosty Morn' can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

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