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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

Phedimus will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. These succulents have a slow to moderate growth rate, making them a popular choice for growing as a groundcover. They also grow well in containers.

These are light loving plants, growing best in full sun but also grow in light shade or partial shade. They grow best in warmer environments. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

The soil does need to be well-drained. Very good drainage is important for preventing root rot or fungal diseases.

The best way to water these plants is to use "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until the soil is dry before watering again. Phedimus are drought tolerant, so they bear well if you neglect them for a while.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Phedimus.

Origin

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

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