Sedum palmeri S. Watson
Sedum compressum, Sedum palmeri subsp. emarginatum, Sedum palmeri subsp. rubromarginatum
Sedum palmeri is an attractive succulent perennial, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall and up to 16 inches (40 cm) wide, with several flexuous stems. It forms a rounded cushion with leaves arranged in rosettes, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, located at the tips of stems. Leaves are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, rounded and dusty green with a pale pink blush. Brilliant yellow, starry flowers appear in spring.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Once established Palmer's Sedum is very easy to care plant. Like all succulents, it demands a porous soil and rapid drainage. Grow in rock gardens, mounds, small slopes, and natural cliff faces and at the top edge of retaining walls and curbs. This is a great plant for a soil pocket on a wall, as a container specimen, or in a hanging basket.
Palmer's Sedum is noted as being one of the most shade-tolerant of Sedums but if grown in bright light the green leaves blush with pink. Water during the growing season only if the soil dries out completely. It is hardy to 20 °F (-7 °C) and some say it can handle temperatures closer to 0°F (-17.8°C).
Irrigate more or repot when plants drop lower leaves. You can prune back any errant runners, usually just by breaking them off. You can also cut back in spring to keep the growth habit a little more compact.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Palmer's Sedum (Sedum palmeri).
Sedum palmeri is native to northern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas) and Southern Mexico (Guanajuato, Hidalgo).
Cultivars and Hybrids
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