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Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' (Hylotelephium 'Autumn Joy')


Scientific Name

Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'


Hylotelephium spectabile 'Herbstfreude', Sedum 'Herbstfreude', Sedum spectabile 'Herbstfreude', Hylotelephium 'Autumn Joy', Hylotelephium spectabile 'Autumn Joy', Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy', Hylotelephium 'Indian Chief', Hylotelephium spectabile 'Indian Chief', Sedum 'Indian Chief', Sedum spectabile 'Indian Chief'

Scientific Classification

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


Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude', also known as Hylotelephium 'Autumn Joy' or Sedum 'Autumn Joy', is a succulent perennial, that forms clump, up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall and about the same in width, of fleshy, blue-green foliage topped with flower buds. The leaves are ovate, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide. The star-shaped flowers appear in summer. They emerge pink, gradually change to deep rose-red and then coppery-rust in fall as they die. Both foliage and dead inflorescences will remain attractive through winter, providing some additional interest.

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

How to Grow and Care

The genus Hylotelephium may not be familiar to many of you, but in fact most gardeners have seen or are growing these succulents without knowing it. That is because this genus was once part of the genus Sedum. Species in the genus are popular garden plants, known as "Border Stonecrops" or "Border Sedums".

Hylotelephiums will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. These plants are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. They also grow well in containers.

Border Stonecrops prefer full sun. They tolerate some light part shade in hot summer climates, but will produce weak floppy growth when grown in too much shade or in overly rich soils. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

These succulents succeed in most soils, but prefer well-drained potting mix.

Hylotelephiums are drought tolerant plants. 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.


Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' is a hybrid between Hylotelephium telephium subsp. maximum and Hylotelephium spectabile.


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