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Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
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Plant Type: Perennials

'Purple Emperor' has very dark reddish-purple foliage and a semi-upright habit. It captures your attention from the moment the dusky purple leaves emerge in spring, and forms a solid substantial mass of foliage. In late summer, dusty rose flowers appear in large clusters atop the bright reddish-purple stems. These blossoms age to bronze in the fall.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.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.

Flower Color

Dusty rose

Foliage Color

Dark reddish-purple

Plant Spread

12 in.

Good Companions

Coneflower-Purple (Echinacea purpurea), Coreopsis-Threadleaf (Coreopsis verticillata), False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Grass-Ornamental (Pennisetum alopecuroides), Stonecrop-Blue Spruce (Sedum repestre), Yarrow (Achillea)

Plant Height

16 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Low water needs, Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Drought Tolerant, Cut flower or foliage, Border, Mass Plant, Dried Flower, Container, Salt Tolerant

Bloom Time

Early fall, Late summer

Critter Resistance

Rabbit Resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Late fall, Mid-winter, Mid-fall, Early winter, Early fall