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Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' (Variegated October Daphne)


Scientific Name

Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum'

Common Names

Variegated October Daphne


Hylotelephium sieboldii f. variegatum, Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Variegata', Sedum sieboldii f. variegatum, Sedum sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum', Sedum sieboldii 'Variegata'

Scientific Classification

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


The origin of this variegated cultivar of Hylotelephium sieboldii is unknown.


Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum', formerly known as Sedum sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum', is an attractive succulent that forms a rounded mound, sending out unbranched stems from the central crown. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter. Leaves are blue-green with creamy-white to yellow variegation down the center. They are disc-shaped, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, and borne in whorls of 3 around the stems. Flowers are bright pink, star-shaped, and appear in fall in small clusters at the end of the stems. The plant goes dormant in winter when its foliage dies down, but new growth appears in spring.

Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' (Variegated October Daphne) aka Sedum sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum'

Photo by Byliny Farm

How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum'

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. A good place to plant
H. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' is an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

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

Hardiness: Hylotelephiums tolerate frost and can survive outdoors through winter. H. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' 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 your H. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' 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. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' when it outgrows its current pot by moving it out to a larger pot. Spring is the best time to repot your plant.

Propagation: Hylotelephiums can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings. Sow seeds in spring in well-drained soil mix in a sunny position. Dividing your H. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season. Propagate by stem cuttings in summer.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

Toxicity of Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum'

Hylotelephium plants can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.


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