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Sedum × rubrotinctum (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Sedum × rubrotinctum (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Sedum × rubrotinctum

Pork and Beans
Crassulaceae
Cacti and succulents, Perennials

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 × rubrotinctum

Thought to be native to Mexico. Sometimes sold as S. guatemalense. Sprawling, leaning, 6–8-in. stems are set with 3/4-in. leaves that look like jelly beans; they are green with reddish brown tips, often entirely bronze-red in sun. Detach easily and root readily. Yellow spring flowers. Grow in rock gardens, in containers, or as a small-space groundcover (set plants 8–10 in. apart). Leaves of ‘Aurora’ are bright pink.

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