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Sedum rupestre (Reflexed Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Sedum rupestre L.

Common Names

Reflexed Stonecrop, Blue Stonecrop, Rock Stonecrop, Jenny's Stonecrop, Prick Madam

Synonyms

Sedum reflexum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Sedum rupestre is a mat-forming stonecrop with small, fleshy, gray-green leaves up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long. It is an evergreen plant that grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and spreads up to 24 inches (60 cm) wide. The yellow flowers are star-shaped, up to 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) across and appear in terminal cymes in summer.

Photo via kk-zahrada.cz

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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.

Origin

Sedum rupestre is native to mountain areas in central and western Europe.

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