Sedum (also called Stonecrop)
Low-growing, clump-forming, succulent perennial grown for purple-green foliage and rich dark pink flowers in late summer and autumn. Good for alpine beds, rockeries and the front of borders, it provides excellent late summer colour. Drought tolerant. Attractive to insects.
Flowers in late summer and autumn.
Habit - lax, clump-forming. H: 25cm S: 45cm.
Leaves - succulent, elliptic, purple-green.
Flowers - clusters of starry flowers borne at the ends of stems. The buds are pale pink, opening to deep crimson.
Well drained, moderately fertile, neutral to alkaline.
Cut back flowering stems in late winter/early spring to allow new growth space, light and air. Feed or mulch in spring.
Lift and divide congested plants, in spring, every three to four years to prevent the centre becoming bare.
May be attacked by slugs and snails. Also prone to root rot if not in well drained soil.
Divide in spring, or take soft-wood cuttings of non-flowering shoots in early summer.
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