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Sedum Herbstfreude Group

Stonecrop
Crassulaceae
Cacti and succulents, Perennials, Flowers

SEDUM

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 Herbstfreude Group

Hybrids of S. telephium and S. spectabile. Grow to 1–2 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. All make good cut flowers, die down in winter.

‘Autumn Charm’ (‘Lajos’). White-edged leaves on 16-in. plants, light pink flowers.

‘Autumn Delight’ (‘Beka’). Golden green leaves with darker edges on 18–24-in. plants, dusty pink flowers.

‘Autumn Fire’. Green leaves and dusty pink flowers on 18–24-in. plants.

‘Autumn Joy’ (‘Herbstfreude’). Has green leaves. Rounded clusters of blossoms are pink when they open in late summer or autumn, later age to coppery pink and finally to rust.

‘Elsie’s Gold’. Has golden green leaves with cream edges, shell pink flowers.

‘Mini Joy’. Similar to ‘Autumn Joy’, but a few inches shorter and with salmon-pink flowers.

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