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Sedeveria 'Letizia' (Lety's Sedeveria)

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Scientific Name

x Sedeveria 'Letizia'

Common Names

Lety's Sedeveria

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: x Sedeveria

Description

x Sedeveria 'Letizia' is a beautiful, small succulent, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, branching at the base with a cluster of stems with rosettes at the end. The rosettes are up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter and bear many tightly arranged, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, green, deltoid-shaped leaves with fine hairs along the margins. The older rosettes sit atop slender bare stems, while younger ones have leaves the length of the stems. The leaves turn red in the sun with colder temperatures in winter but are green in summer or when grown in shade. In spring multiple inflorescences rise from below the top of the rosette and, rising above the rosette, bear flowers in a scorpioid cyme. The flowers are white with petal tips barely pink and with the stem bristling with fine hairs.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedums, keep in mind that these plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant.

For taller varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily and a new plant will be established in a season or two.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.

Origin

x Sedeveria 'Letizia' is a hybrid between Sedum cuspidatum and Echeveria setosa var. ciliata. According to information on the Sedum Society, this is an older hybrid that went unnamed until Jean-Michel Moullec published the name in the January 2006 Sedum Society Newsletter (No. 7) honoring his Italian friend Letizia Alleruzzo though it is speculated that the plant likely originated from Fred Wass, a British cactus and succulent collector.

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