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Sedum Plant Care Guide ~ Varieties


Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, members of which are commonly known as stonecrops. The genus has been described as containing up to 600 species [2] of leaf succulents that are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, varying from annual and creeping herbs to shrubs. The plants have water-storing leaves. The flowers usually have five petals, seldom four or six. There are typically twice as many stamens as petals.

A number of species, formerly classified as Sedum, are now a separate genus Hylotelephium.

Well known European Sedums are Sedum acre, Sedum album, Sedum dasyphyllum, Sedum reflexum (also known as Sedum rupestre) and Sedum hispanicum.

Species and more info here @ original source


Sedum how to @ Old farmer’s

Botanical name: Sedum

Plant type: Flower

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Sandy, Loamy

Flower color: Red, Pink, Yellow, White

Bloom time: Spring, Summer

Sedum is a perennial with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. There are many types of sedums, which all have different uses: use low–growing varieties for ground covers and rock gardens and tall varieties for back borders. Sedums are easy to care for and are good for cut flowers.


  • Plant sedum seeds in early spring in well-drained, average to rich soil in full sun. Space the plants between 6 inches and 2 feet apart, depending on the type. Low-growing and vigorous species will tolerate partial shade.
  • You can also plant divisions or cuttings instead of seeds. Dig a hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surface, then place the plant in the hole and fill it in.


  • Once established, sedums require little care. Check your plants regularly to make sure they are not dry and water when needed.
  • After flowering, cut back the plants to maintain their shape.
  • Remember to divide your plants in the spring or fall to control their spread. Throughout the summer, divisions and cuttings root readily.


  • Mealybugs
  • Scale insects
  • Slugs
  • Snails

Recommended Varieties

  • Sedum humifusum, which makes a good ground cover and has beautiful bright yellow flowers
  • Briliant (Sedum spectabile), to add a bit of bright pink to your garden

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies



See Also …

Plant critter-proof plants and flowers!


12 responses

  1. I have only 2 variety in the pot, and I like it …It is called here ” Christ’s tears ” ??…Don’t ask me for the botanical name … 😀
    O.M.G..Just remember it…..Now I wonder, were is my Aloe Vera plant ??? Can’t find it …lol

    July 19, 2013 at 4:42 am

    • Vera Jameson? 🙂

      July 19, 2013 at 7:49 am

      • What ever …I think IT IS GONE ..Someone must of eat it …Nooo, NOT THE CAT 😀
        Iremember when I was a kid , mum used tu push me eating the Aloe Vera straight with sugar…
        …Geee, that was horrible, with all that slimy gel coming out of the leaves 😀

        July 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

      • lol and gross on eating …. i couldn’t do it 🙂

        July 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

  2. Well, gross but mum knew what meds to put on me from small 😀
    Mind you, she was an devoted MASONIC JEW 😀
    She always was an mistery to me 😉
    She knew some secrets not many, perhaps no doctors use today, of/ from Kabbalah on basic, natural health 😉

    July 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

    • my Nonna too, she knew things that i can’t try without her expert advice from old Strega 😉 it is very hard to keep these things passed on from generation to generation

      July 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

      • No kidding, I was mums boy, even in the kitchen 😀 ..LOL, And have learned soooo much from her….Helped me to understand/deal how survive much much easy than many the rough road in life 😉

        July 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

      • i hear you, i am forever grateful to my italian grandparents for good life training (and gardening) techniques 🙂

        July 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

  3. God bless ….AMEN 😉

    July 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

    • sure did, victory !! i have the big fuzzy bumblebees on that variety of thyme i told you looked more like thistle 🙂 yay !

      July 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    • i came back in just to tell you that lol, excited ! my non landscaping is working here 🙂 they have yellow flowers whatever variety, see if can find package now i want more

      July 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  4. I love succulents and cacti and used to have a fantastic collection till the duck discovered them. I still have most of my cacti (duck protected 😉 ) BUT the frost kills them…I guess I need to find something succulent AND that tastes disgusting to the wildlife

    July 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm

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