Sedum is a diverse and resilient genus that belongs to the Crassulaceae family, often called the stonecrop or succulent family. While some Sedum species are native to North America, others are native to Europe, Asia, and even Africa. Sedum is known for its unique foliage, vibrant flowers, and adaptability to various growing conditions.
Leaves and Flowers
One of the most striking features of Sedums is their distinct leaves, which come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors. These leaves often store water, enabling Sedums to thrive in arid and challenging environments. Depending on the variety, Sedum leaves can range from rounded to elongated, and they may be smooth, waxy, or even slightly furry. The leaves hues can span the spectrum, including shades of green, blue-green, red, purple, and even variegated patterns.
Sedums are also known for their flower clusters, known as inflorescences. They vary in size and shape but are typically composed of numerous small, star-shaped blooms. These flowers come in shades of white, yellow, pink, and red. Sedum’s flowers often bloom in late summer and early fall, adding a burst of color to the garden during a season when many other plants are winding down.
Preferred Growing Conditions
Most Sedum varieties thrive in well-draining soil, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. These succulents prefer full sun to light shade, making them ideal candidates for sunny garden spots, rock gardens, and containers. Sedums are remarkably drought-tolerant once established, thanks to their water-storing leaves.
When it comes to care, regular watering is essential during the establishment period, but once the plants have taken root, they can withstand periods of dryness. A balanced fertilizer should be applied during the growing season to promote healthy growth and flowering. Pruning or pinching back Sedums in spring can help maintain their shape and encourage branching.
Stonecrop is generally resistant to most pests and diseases and tends to be deer resistant.
At Martin Garden Center, we grow and import numerous types of Sedum. Some of the low-growing varieties include the evergreen and ever-popular Lemon Ball (or Lemon Bell) sedum and its kindred, Angelina Sedum. We try to keep these perennial evergreens stocked in 4″ containers all year round. Other non-evergreen sedums we tend to stock as available during spring, summer and fall. Additional colorful varieties we carry in 4″ include semi-evergreens such as Voodoo, Tricolor and Blue Spruce Sedum and the herbaceous varieties including Ogon, Coral Reef and Dragon’s Blood sedum. One of the most difficult finds is the semi-evergreen sedum dasyphyllum major which is a fantastic blue/gray groundcover … wish us luck.
In the fall, we see 4″ blooming varieties such as Autumn Joy, Autumn Fire and Thunderhead among others. We may also see some of the fall blooming varieties in 6″ or 1-gallon containers. Again, these are only available in the fall so please don’t ask to order these in the spring…