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Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' (Variegated October Daphne)

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Scientific Name

Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum'

Common Names

Variegated October Daphne

Synonyms

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

Origin

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

Description

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'

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How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum'

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. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Soil: H. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' 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. 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 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 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. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' 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 sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum'

H. sieboldii 'Mediovariegatum' can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

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