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Sedum furfuraceum (Bonsai Sedum)

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Scientific Name

Sedum furfuraceum Moran

Common Names

Bonsai Sedum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Sedum furfuraceum is a low-growing, branching succulent up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and up to 1 foot (30 cm) wide. Leaves are egg-shaped, up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long, dark green, covered in scurfy, whitish scales, and aligned in tight, spiral rows. They are often reddish-purple in bright light. Lower leaves turn a reddish-orange hue and later drop off to expose twisted, thick, gray-white stems. Pinkish-white, star-like flowers appear in early spring, and each lasts for about ten days.

Sedum furfuraceum (Bonsai Sedum)

Photo by Wayne Fagerlund

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.

Origin

Sedum furfuraceum is native to Mexico.

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