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Hylotelephium ewersii (Pink Mongolian Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Hylotelephium ewersii (Ledeb.) H. Ohba

Common Names

Pink Mongolian Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum ewersii (basionym), Sedum azureum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Hylotelephium ewersii, formerly known as Sedum ewersii, is an excellent, edging or rock garden, succulent plant up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. It forms a low, non-spreading, tuft or mound of rounded, blue-green leaves. The rose-pink, star flowers appear in late summer, clustered at the ends of each stem. It is winter-deciduous species. Trim to the ground in late fall or early spring.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedum, keep in mind that this plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the Sedum plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant. For taller varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily and a new plant will be established in a season or two… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum

Origin

Native to mountains of central Asia and the Himalayas up to elevations of 14,000 feet.

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