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Sedum mexicanum (Mexican Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Sedum mexicanum Britton

Common Names

Mexican Stonecrop

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

The precise origin of this species is unknown. It is found and commonly grown in Mexico, the United States, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Europe.

Description

Sedum mexicanum is a semi-hardy succulent with bright green leaves arranged in whorls around the decumbent, branched stems with usually four leaves per whorl. The leaves are nearly cylindrical, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long and about 0.1 inch (0.3 cm) across. Flowers are star-shaped, golden yellow, and appear in early summer on up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall inflorescences.

The specific epithet "mexicanum" means "of or from Mexico" and refers to the place where the plant was first discovered.

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How to Grow and Care for Sedum mexicanum

Light: These succulents grow best in locations where they will enjoy the full sun at least six or more hours per day. Most species will tolerate partial shade but will not thrive in deep shade.

Soil: Sedums do not like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is essential to prevent root rot. Choose a gritty, well-draining soil.

Hardiness: Sedum mexicanum can withstand temperatures as low as 0 to 40 °F (-17.8 to 4.4 °C), USDA hardiness zones 7a to 10b.

Watering: Sedum plants are drought-tolerant but do need some water. They do their best with regular watering from spring through fall. Water thoroughly and wait for the soil to dry out before watering again.

Fertilizing: A balanced organic fertilizer each spring is generally all Sedums require. As long the plants are divided annually and provided with fresh soil, feeding is not necessary.

Repotting: Sedums in containers do require little more care than those in gardens. Repot your plants when they outgrow their current pot by moving them out to a larger container to hold the plant better.

Propagation: Once you have one Sedum, it is easy to make more taking stems or leaf cuttings and dividing the plant. Sedums are also easy to grow from seed.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.

Toxicity of Sedum mexicanum

Sedums are not listed as toxic for people but can be mildly toxic to pets and children.

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