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Sedum lucidum

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Scientific Name

Sedum lucidum R.T. Clausen

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Sedum lucidum is a succulent plant with distinctive rosettes of fleshy lustrous green leaves edged in red in bright light. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Stems are green when young, later naked, grey or reddish, erect to prostrate, up to 18 inches (45 cm) long, and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter. Flowers are small, white with a yellow center, and appear in winter.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

Sedum lucidum

Photo by Wayne Fagerlund

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 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 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 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 Sedum varieties 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.

Origin

Native to Mexico.

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