Sedum clavatum R.T. Clausen
Tiscalatengo Gorge Sedum
Sedum clavatum is an attractive succulent, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, with stout, creeping stems terminating in rosettes that grow up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, glaucous pale green or blue-green, sometimes with red tips. It has a compact inflorescence of many white, star-shaped flowers that appear in mid to late spring to early summer. The stems lose their leaves as they elongate but are often covered by younger stems so the plant can look like a solid mat of attractive rosettes.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °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 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.
Native to Mexico.
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