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Phedimus spurius 'Dragon's Blood' (Dragon's Blood Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Phedimus spurius 'Schorbuser Blut'

Common Names

Dragon's Blood Stonecrop

Synonyms

Phedimus spurius 'Schorbuser Blut', Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood', Sedum spurium 'Schorbuser Blut'

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

This popular cultivar of Phedimus spurius is developed in Germany under the name Sedum spurium 'Schorbuser Blut', but it is usually sold under the name Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood'. It is now classified as a member of the genus Phedimus.

Description

Phedimus spurius 'Dragon's Blood', also known as Phedimus spurius 'Schorbuser Blut', is an attractive succulent that forms mats of colorful foliage. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and spreads up to 18 inches (45 cm) wide by creeping stems that root at the nodes. It starts the spring with green leaves tinged with purple-red on the margins that become entirely red by fall. In winter, it goes partially dormant and loses its leaves. Flowers are star-shaped, pink to red, and appear in clusters from mid-summer into fall.

How to Grow and Care for Phedimus spurius 'Dragon's Blood'

Light: These light-loving plants will tolerate light shade or partial shade, but they prefer full sun and grow best in warmer environments.

Soil: Phedimus thrive in any well-drained soil. Good drainage is critical for preventing root rot or fungal diseases.

Hardiness: Phedimus spurius 'Dragon's Blood' can withstand temperatures as low as -30 to 40 °F (-34.4 to 4.4 °C), USDA hardiness zones 4a to 10b.

Watering: The best way to water your Phedimus 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 plants happy and healthy. Use a diluted dose of half the strength recommended on the package.

Repotting: Repot your plants when they outgrow their current pot by moving them out to a larger container to hold the plant better.

Propagation: Phedimus can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Phedimus.

Toxicity of Phedimus spurius 'Dragon's Blood'

Phedimus plants can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

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