A sturdy, upright grower that has gray-green leaves with rosy pink edges and purple stems. The long-lasting flower clusters are mauve-pink, becoming chocolate-brown in winter. Tall, upright sedums form substantial clumps of foliage which can be substituted for shrubs in the landscape. Their stout, sturdy stems support the massive flower heads which develop in summer and burst into bloom in fall. If left standing, they provide winter interest and food for birds.
Sedum is one of the most popular perennials grown in American gardens because it is very easy to grow and hardy in most areas of the country. Because of its thick, succulent leaves which can store water, sedum is drought tolerant. It should be sited in average to poor soil that is well-drained. Plants grown in rich soil tend to be lanky and open. Most varieties should be grown in full sun to light shade. The lower growing types, however, will survive in partial shade. Divide sedum every 3-4 years to maintain its compact growth habit. Older plants tend to split in the center if they have not been divided. Pinching the taller varieties back by half in early summer will also help prevent them from splitting. This plant is not usually bothered by pests or diseases. The seed heads of the taller varieties provide excellent winter interest and food for birds. Remove them in spring when the new growth begins to show.
Mauve pink change to chocolate brown in winter
Gray green leaves with rosy pink edges and purple stems.
Aster-New England (Aster novae-angliae), Aster-New York (Aster dumosus), Blue Mist Shrub (Caryopteris ), Fountain Grass-Black (Pennisetum alopecuroides), Grass-Ornamental (Calamagrostis acutiflora), Snakeroot-Chocolate (Eupatorium rugosum), Starflowers (Boltonia asteroides
Cut flower or foliage
Early fall to mid winter
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