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Phedimus takesimensis (Takeshima Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Phedimus takesimensis (Nakai) 't Hart

Accepted Scientific Name

Phedimus kamtschaticus (Fisch. & C.A.Mey.) 't Hart

Common Names

Takeshima Stonecrop

Synonyms

Aizopsis takesimensis, Sedum kamtschaticum var. takesimense, Sedum takesimense

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

Native to South Korea (occurs exclusively in Ulleungdo and Dokdo Islands).

Description

Phedimus takesimensis, formerly known as Sedum takesimense, is a succulent with woody rootstock, decumbent stems, green leaves with serrated edges and yellow, star-shaped flowers. The basal rosettes persist throughout the winter months.

This species was synonymized with its continental progenitor species, Phedimus kamtschaticus. They have nearly identical foliage, the color of flowers, and bloom time.

The specific epithet "takesimensis" refers to Ulleungdo Island called Takeshima in Japan during the Edo period.

Photo by James Gaither

How to Grow and Care for Phedimus takesimensis

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 takesimensis 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 takesimensis

Phedimus plants can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

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