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Sedum moranense (Red Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Sedum moranense Kunth

Common Names

Red Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum moranense subsp. moranense, Sedum arboreum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Sedum moranense is an attractive succulent shrub up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The bright green leaves and stems take on pink tones in cooler weather, eventually turning bright maroon if temperatures are cold enough. The tiny, white flowers appear for a short time at the tips of the stems in midsummer.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 5a to 9b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedums, keep in mind that this 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 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 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum

Origin

Sedum moranense is native to Mexico.

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