Sedum lucidum 'Obesum'
Sedum lucidum ISI 1497
This succulent is an attractive form of Sedum lucidum from a north-facing granite outcrop south of Acultzingo, Veracruz, Mexico. It was distributed as Sedum lucidum ISI 1497 in 1984 by the Huntington Botanical Gardens.
Sedum lucidum 'Obesum', more correctly known as Sedum lucidum ISI 1497, is a compact succulent subshrub with erect to prostrate, much-branched stems and glossy green ovoid leaves that blush red in bright light. It grows up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall. The leaves are fatter and rounder than the leaves of the typical Sedum lucidum. Flowers are star-shaped, white with a yellow center, and appear from tight clusters of glossy bracts and sepals from late fall to early spring.
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 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, 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 touches the ground and root itself. If you want to ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin soil covering.
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.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.
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