Sedum multiceps Coss. & Durieu
Baby Joshua Tree, Little Joshua Tree, Miniature Joshua Tree
Sedum multiceps is a small succulent shrub with much-branched, erect or ascending stems topped with tufts of linear, papillate leaves. It can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The stems are succulent, quite sturdy and hairy, and below with dead leaves. The leaves are up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long and about 0.1 inches (0.2 cm) wide. Flowers are star-shaped with 5 to 7 yellow petals, up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) across, and appear in clusters in summer.
Sedum multiceps is native to Algeria but cultivated in many Mediterranean areas. It grows on limestone rocks from sea level to an elevation of 4,900 feet (1,500 m) in Kabylia and the surrounding of Constantine.
USDA hardiness zones 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °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. 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, laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is usually enough to start it there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem touches the ground and root itself. If you want to ensure the plant starts there, 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.
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