Hylotelephium 'Vera Jameson'
Sedum 'Vera Jameson'
This succulent is a hybrid that results from a cross between Hylotelephium 'Ruby Glow' and Hylotelephium telephium subsp. maximum 'Atropurpureum'. It was discovered by Vera Jameson as a chance seedling in her garden in Gloucestershire, England, and introduced by Joe Elliott around 1971.
Hylotelephium 'Vera Jameson', formerly known as Sedum 'Vera Jameson', is a mound-forming succulent with spreading stems and fleshy, dully glaucous leaves strongly tinged with reddish-purple. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall with a spread of 22 inches (55 cm). Leaves are broadly ovate with a short petiole and sometimes lightly toothed towards the tip. They are up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long and 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide.
Flowers are rose-pink, star-shaped, usually 5-merous, 0.4 inches (1 cm) across, and appear in dense rounded clusters in late summer and early fall. The flower clusters are up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter.
The plant dies down to the ground in winter, and new shoots appear in spring.
How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium 'Vera Jameson'
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. 'Vera Jameson' in an area of your garden with 6 hours of sunlight daily.
Soil: H. 'Vera Jameson' does not need rich soil but requires excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make one yourself.
Temperature: This plant is tolerant of heat and drought and is also cold-hardy, making it a popular outdoor succulent. H. 'Vera Jameson' can withstand temperatures as low as -30 °F (-34.4 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4a to 9b, -30 to 30 °F (-34.4 to -1.1 °C).
Watering: The best way to water H. 'Vera Jameson' 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 according to the package directions in spring as new growth appears.
Repotting: Plants grown in containers require a little more care than those in the gardens. Repot your H. 'Vera Jameson' when it outgrows its current pot by moving it 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 propagated by division or stem cuttings. Dividing your H. 'Vera Jameson' is 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. Take stem cuttings in summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.
Toxicity of Hylotelephium 'Vera Jameson'
H. 'Vera Jameson' can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.
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