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Phedimus spurius (Caucasian Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Phedimus spurius (M. Bieb.) ’t Hart

Common Names

Caucasian Stonecrop, Two-row Stonecrop, Creeping Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum spurium (basionym), Sedum oppositifolium, Sedum spurium var. coccineum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Phedimus spurius is a short semi-evergreen perennial groundcover up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall in foliage and up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall in flower, quickly spreading to form mats of dense stems and miniature foliage. Opposite, flat, fleshy, short-stalked, green leaves are up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long. The flowers are pink or pinkish-white in dense clusters with petals erect.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing your Caucasian Stonecrop, you need to keep in mind that you have to give it sun and fertilizer, and you do have to water it sometimes even though it’s drought-resistant. You can give it a balanced low-number fertilizer to help with poor soil, and you can even help it out with deadheading the dried flowers.

It isn’t hard to grow Caucasian Stonecrop under the right circumstances, but these plants are forgiving even in the wrong ones. Sometimes soil isn’t as permeable as it should be, but the roots of Caucasian Stonecrops can actually push through it. Other times the sun doesn’t come out as often, and while this can possibly stunt the growth of the plant over prolonged time, you can still have a healthy Caucasian Stonecrop.

The soil does need to be well-drained. Very good drainage is important for preventing root rot or fungal diseases... – See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Caucasian Stonecrop (Phedimus spurius)

Origin

Phedimus spurius is native to Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation (Ciscaucasia).

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