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Phedimus stoloniferus (Stolon Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Phedimus stoloniferus (S.G.Gmel.) 't Hart

Common Names

Stolon Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum stoloniferum (basionym), Asterosedum stoloniferum, Sedum hybridum, Sedum ibericum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Phedimus stoloniferus, formerly known as Sedum stoloniferum, is a low-growing, succulent, evergreen perennial with branched, creeping stems, rooting at the nodes and up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) long. The leaves are small, opposite, rhomboid-ovate, stalked, green to reddish-green, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) wide. It blooms with very attractive clusters of relatively large, star-shaped, pink flowers.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 7a to 10b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °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 plant is 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 plant.

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 stoloniferus is native to Turkey, the Caucasus and northern Iran.

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