Dragon's Blood Stonecrop
Dragon's Blood Stonecrop
Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood'Item #3028 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Red margined green leaves become brilliantly red with cool autumn temperatures. Deep red flowers contrast with the green leaves in warm weather. A superb groundcover, border or rock garden subject. Works in containers. Evergreen except in coldest climates.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing 4 to 6 in. tall, 2 ft. wide.
- DetailDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing 4 to 6 in. tall, 2 ft. wide.Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:BurgundyBlooms:Late summerFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleContemporaryDesign IdeasSedum is one of the best creepers for integrating rock gardens. It spills over edges of retaining walls and rip rap. Integrates into well drained soils with more traditional cold hardy perennials. Takes on a wholly different character when woven into geometric modern compositions. A favorite of tufa and stone troughs. Thrives in any sort of pot or container adding texture, color and flowers.Companion PlantsSedum does well with small ground hugging perennials such as Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox, (Pholox subulata 'Emerald Blue'), Firewitch Cheddar Pink, (Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'), Black-eyed Magenta Cranesbill, (Geranium cinereum var subcaulescens) and Northern Sea Oats, (Chasmanthium latifolium).
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Control weeds until the plants have filled in. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This plant is selected from Sedum spurium coccineum for improved color and habit. It was developed in Germany under the name: Shorbuser Blut. The genus Sedum means to sit or hold fast attesting to its ability to grow on rocky ground. The plants are native to the Caucasus mountain regions of Eastern Europe.Lore:Leaves of this sedum are edible and treated much like purslane, the tart bitterness vanishing when stirfried. It is this bitterness that makes it distasteful to rabbits.