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Sedum hispanicum (Spanish Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Sedum hispanicum L.

Common Names

Spanish Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum armenum, Sedum boissieri, Sedum glaucum, Sedum hungaricum, Sedum longibracteatum, Sedum orientale, Sedum pentapetalum, Sedum pseudohispanicum, Sedum sexfidum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Sedum hispanicum is a low-growing, perennial, succulent plant up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. It has blue-green, succulent foliage. As the weather warms, the foliage turns to a blue-grey color and it has a soft feathery feel to it. In late spring to summer it has clusters of small, whitish-pink blooms.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 5a to 10b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedum, keep in mind that Sedum 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, due to the fact that 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 normally enough to get the Sedum plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant. For taller Sedum 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 anew plant will be established in a season or two… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum

Origin

Native to southern and central Europe and southwestern Asia.

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