Cacti and succulents, Perennials
Mostly groundcover-scale succulents that grow nicely in the spaces between rocks (thus “stonecrop”), sedums are native to many parts of the world. Some are quite hardy to cold, others fairly tender; some are tiny and trailing, others much larger and upright. Fleshy leaves are evergreen unless otherwise noted, but highly variable in size, shape, and color. Typically small, star-shaped flowers, sometimes brightly colored, are borne in fairly large clusters.
Smaller sedums are useful in rock gardens, as ground- or bank covers, and in small areas where an unusual texture is needed. Some are prized by collectors of succulents, who grow them in pots, dish gardens, or miniature gardens. Larger types are good in borders or pots. Most sedums are easy to propagate by stem cuttings; even detached leaves will root and form new plants. Soft and easily crushed, they will not take foot traffic, but they are otherwise tough, low-maintenance plants.Sedum sieboldii
Low-growing plant just 4 in. high and 8–12 in.wide, with spreading, trailing, unbranched stems to 8–9 in. long. Blue-gray leaves with red edges are carried in threes; they are nearly round, stalkless, toothed along the upper half. The plant turns coppery red in fall and dies to the ground in winter. Each stem bears a broad, dense, flat cluster of dusty pink flowers in autumn. Species and variety are beautiful in rock gardens and hanging baskets.
Low-growing plant just 4 in. high and 8–12 in.wide, with spreading, trailing, unbranched stems t...
Native to China and Japan. Creeping plant forms a rosette to 6–8 in. high and 1 ft. wide, but ex...
From South Africa. Leaves to 1 in. wide and 2 ft. long make coarse, grassy clumps. Oblong flower heads...