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Sedum booleanum

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Scientific Name

Sedum booleanum B.L. Turner

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Sedum booleanum is a succulent plant with low-growing, bushy habit, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall and up to 10 inches (25 cm) wide. It is a stunner when it blooms in early summer. The leaves are light blue-green, fleshy, overlapping, and usually stacked in 4 straight rows on the upright stems. The bright red flowers are unique for a Sedum.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

Photo by Wayne Fagerlund

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 because 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 usually 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 ensure further 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

Native to Mexico.

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