Sedum caeruleum L.
Azure Stonecrop, Baby Blue Stonecrop, Barbary Stones, Blue Stonecrop, Red Leaf, Sky Stone Crop
Anacampseros caerulescens, Oreosedum caeruleum, Sedum coeruleum, Sedum telephium var. caerulescens
Sedum caeruleum is an erect annual succulent shrub, simple or much-branched from the base, with slender branches and ovate to narrowly oblong or almost linear leaves. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Leaves are shiny green, often suffused with red. They are thick, fleshy, and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.
The flowers are star-shaped, usually 7-merous, blue, pale blue, or white, rarely pinkish, and appear in lax cymes in summer.
Sedum caeruleum is native to the Western-Central Mediterranean. It grows on cliffs and in rock crevices in France (Corsica), Italy (Sardinia and Sicily), Malta, and North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).
USDA hardiness zones 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °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 many other plants thrive in but 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. Sedum's common name is Stonecrop because many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.
Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is usually enough to start it there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem touches 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.
You can break off one of the stems for taller varieties and push it into the ground where you want 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.
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