Phedimus kamtschaticus (Fisch.) 't Hart
Russian Stonecrop, Kamschatca Stonecrop, Kamschatca Sedum
Aizopsis kamtschatica, Aizopsis kurilensis, Aizopsis takesimensis, Aizopsis zokuriensis, Phedimus florifer, Phedimus takesimensis, Phedimus zokuriensis, Sedum aizoon subsp. kamtschaticum, Sedum kamtschaticum (basionym), Sedum kurilense, Sedum sikokianum subsp. kurilense, Sedum takesimense, Sedum zokuriense
Phedimus kamtschaticus, formerly known as Sedum kamtschaticum, is a compact, low-growing groundcover that typically forms a foliage mat up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and spreading indefinitely by trailing stems up to 18 inches (45 cm) wide. The leaves are thick, triangular, succulent, scalloped, dark green, and up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long. They are deciduous at the stem bases but tend to be evergreen at the tips. Clusters of bright yellow, star-shaped flowers appear in summer. Flowers give way to small fruits, which turn brown-red in fall. Most of the foliage disappears in cold winter months.
USDA hardiness zones 4a to 9b: from −25 °F (−31.7 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Phedimus will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. These succulents have a slow to moderate growth rate, making them a popular choice for growing as a groundcover. They also grow well in containers.
These are light-loving plants, growing best in full sun but also grow in light shade or partial shade. They grow best in warmer environments. Plant Phedimus in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.
The best way to water these plants is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until the soil is dry before watering again. Phedimus are drought-tolerant, so they bear well if you neglect them for a while.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Phedimus.
Varieties and Cultivars
- Phedimus kamtschaticum var. floriferum
- Phedimus kamtschaticum var. floriferum 'Weihenstephaner Gold'
- Phedimus kamtschaticus 'Golden Carpet'
- Phedimus kamtschaticus 'Variegatum'
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