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Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

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Scientific Name

Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

Synonyms

Hylotelephium 'Autumn Joy', Hylotelephium 'Indian Chief', Hylotelephium spectabile 'Autumn Joy', Hylotelephium spectabile 'Herbstfreude', Hylotelephium spectabile 'Indian Chief', Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Sedum 'Indian Chief', Sedum 'Herbstfreude', Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy', Sedum spectabile 'Herbstfreude', Sedum spectabile 'Indian Chief'

Scientific Classification

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

Parentage

This hybrid is a cross between Hylotelephium telephium subsp. maximum and Hylotelephium spectabile.

Description

Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude', better known as Hylotelephium 'Autumn Joy' or Sedum 'Autumn Joy', is a popular succulent that forms upright to slightly spreading clumps of unbranched stems with fleshy blue-green to grayish-green leaves. It grows up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall and about the same in width. Leaves are egg-shaped with serrated margins. Star-shaped flowers emerge greenish-pink in summer, then slowly age to deep rose-red and finally take on a brownish hue in fall as they die.

Photo by Moonshine Designs Nursery

How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

Light: 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.

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

Hardiness: Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' can withstand temperatures as low as -40 to 30 °F (-40 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 3a to 9b.

Watering: 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.

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 plants when they outgrow their current pot by moving them out to a larger container to hold the plant better.

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

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

Toxicity of Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

Hylotelephium plants can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

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