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Phedimus spurius 'Tricolor' (Tricolor Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Phedimus spurius 'Tricolor'

Common Names

Tricolor Stonecrop

Synonyms

Phedimus spurius 'Variegatum', Sedum spurium 'Tricolor', Sedum spurius 'Variegatum'

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

The origin of this variegated cultivar of Phedimus spurius is unknown.

Description

Phedimus spurius 'Tricolor', formerly known as Sedum spurium 'Tricolor', is a beautiful succulent that forms mats of colorful foliage by creeping stems that root at the nodes. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall with a spread up to 20 inches (50 cm). Leaves are fleshy, toothed along the tip, green in the center and edged with white and pink. They are up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) wide. Flowers are small, star-shaped, bright pink, and appear in clusters on short stems above the foliage in spring.

This cultivar is also sold as Phedimus spurius 'Tri-color' or Sedum spurium 'Tri-color'.

Photo by Byliny Farm

How to Grow and Care for Phedimus spurius 'Tricolor'

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 'Tricolor' 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 'Tricolor'

Phedimus plants can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

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