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Hylotelephium sieboldii (October Daphne)

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Scientific Name

Hylotelephium sieboldii (Sweet ex Hook.) H. Ohba

Common Names

October Daphne, October Daphne Stonecrop, October Stonecrop, October Plant, Siebold's Stonecrop, October Daphne, October Daphne Stonecrop, October Plant, October Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop, Siebold's Sedum, Siebold's Stonecrop, Stonecrop

Synonyms

Hylotelephium sieboldii var. sieboldii, Sedum sieboldii

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

Native to Japan (Shodoshima, Shikoku).

Description

Hylotelephium sieboldii, formerly known as Sedum sieboldii, is a beautiful low-growing succulent that sends out unbranched stems from a short rootstock. The stems are up to 12 inches (30 cm) long, ascending, or hang over the edges of the pot. Leaves are blue-green, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, with a round tip and margins with few low undulating serrations. They grow in whorls of 3 around the stem. Flowers are bright-pink, star-shaped, and appear in fall in round clusters at the ends of the stem. The foliage dies down in the winter, and new growth appears in the spring.

The specific epithet "sieboldii" honors Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866), a German botanist and plant collector.

Photo by Prof. Summer

How to Grow and Care

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 sieboldii 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.

Toxicity: Hylotelephium plants can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

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