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Phedimus kamtschaticus (Sedum kamtschaticum) – Russian Stonecrop

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Scientific Name

Phedimus kamtschaticus (Fisch.) 't Hart

Common Names

Russian Stonecrop, Kamschatca Stonecrop, Kamschatca Sedum

Synonyms

Sedum kamtschaticum, Aizopsis selskiana, Sedum aizoon subsp. selskianum, Sedum aizoon var. selskianum, Sedum selskianum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Phedimus kamtschaticus (Sedum kamtschaticum) is a compact low-growing ground cover that typically forms a foliage mat up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall spreading indefinitely by trailing stems up to 18 inches (45 cm) wide. Leaves are thick, triangular, succulent, scalloped, spatulate to obovate, semi-evergreen, dark green, up to 1.5 inch (3.8 cm) long and 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 russet red in fall. Most of the foliage disappears in cold winter months.Good choice for tubs and mixed containers.

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How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedum, keep in mind that Sedum plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the Sedum plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant. For taller Sedum varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily and anew plant will be established in a season or two… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum.

Origin

Native to northern China and along the Pacific coast of Siberia including the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Sedum kamtschaticum var. floriferum 'Weihenstephaner Gold'

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