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Hylotelephium ‘Autumn Joy’

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Scientific Name

Hylotephium spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’

Common Names

Showy Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Indian Chief’, Sedum spectabile ‘Indian Chief’, Sedum ‘Indian Chief’, Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’, Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’, Sedum spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’ , Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Hylotephium spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, formerly known as Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, is a succulent perennial up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall, that has up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide cabbage-like rosettes. Leaves are succulent, pale blue-green, ovate, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide, held from later winter to fall. The flowers open from greenish-pink buds, rapidly progressing through pale pink to become dark pink and ultimately taking on a brownish hue.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 3a to 9b: from −40 °F (−40 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedum, keep in mind that this 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 Sedum 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum

Origin

Hylotelephium ‘Autumn Joy’ is a popular cultivar of Hylotephium spectabile, twice granted the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.

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