Phedimus litoralis (Kom.) 't Hart
Popov Island Stonecrop
Aizopsis litoralis, Sedum litorale
This species is endemic to Popov Island off the coast at Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, where it grows on sandy shores.
Phedimus litoralis, formerly known as Sedum litorale, is a succulent plant with a simple elongated creeping rhizome and strong stems that bear green leaves with tiny white dots. The leaves are arranged in whorls of three or opposite, egg-shaped or lance-shaped with the thin end at the base, and have toothed margins. They are up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) wide. Flowers are star-shaped, golden yellow, and appear in summer in dense clusters at the top of the stems.
The specific epithet "litoralis (lit-or-AY-liss)" is a Latin adjective meaning "of the seashore" or "littoral" and refers to the natural habitat of the species.
How to Grow and Care for Phedimus litoralis
Light: This light-loving plant will tolerate partial shade, but it prefers full sun and grows best in warmer environments. Plant P. litoralis in an area of your garden that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
Soil: This succulent thrive in any well-drained soil. Good drainage is critical for preventing root rot or fungal diseases.
Hardiness: P. litoralis tolerates frost and can stay outdoors when the temperature drops below freezing. It can withstand temperatures as low as -30 to 30 °F (-34.4 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 4a to 9b.
Watering: The best way to water your P. litoralis is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet, and then wait until the soil is dry before watering again.
Fertilizing: Feed with low-balanced fertilizer to keep your plant happy and healthy. Use a diluted dose of half the strength recommended on the package.
Repotting: Repot your plant when it outgrows its current pot by moving it out to a larger container to hold the plant better. Spring is the best time to repot P. litoralis. Make sure the soil is dry before you begin the repotting process.
Propagation: Like all members of the genus Phedimus, this succulent can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings. Dividing your P. litoralis is the best method to propagate because it is easy and usually very successful. Divide in spring when new shoots are seen. P. litoralis is also easily propagated from cuttings. Sow seeds in spring in well-drained soil in a sunny position.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Phedimus.
Toxicity of Phedimus litoralis
P. litoralis can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.
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