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Sedum polytrichoides 'Chocolate Ball' (Chocolate Ball Stonecrop)


Scientific Name

Sedum polytrichoides 'Chocolate Ball'

Common Names

Chocolate Ball Stonecrop


Sedum 'Chocolate Ball'

Scientific Classification

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


Sedum polytrichoides 'Chocolate Ball' is a low-growing, mat-forming, evergreen, perennial succulent with ascending, slender, densely, leafy stems. This small Sedum grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and spreads up to 14 inches (35 cm) wide. It has entirely delicious, needled foliage in dark green with hints of black in summer, adding in dark red brown in cold weather. The flowers are small, star-shaped and yellow and appear in mid summer to early fall.

Sedum polytrichoides 'Chocolate Ball' (Chocolate Ball Stonecrop)

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USDA hardiness zone 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

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, 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 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 further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant. For taller Sedum 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 anew plant will be established in a season or two… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum


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