Dragon's Blood Stonecrop
Dragon's Blood Stonecrop
Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood'Item #3028 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
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Green leaves with red margins turn a brilliant 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 well in containers. Evergreen except in coldest climates.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water occasionally once established; more in containers and extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SEE-dum SPUR-ee-umPlant type:Cactus/SucculentDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, 24 in. wide.Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Gift Plant, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:BurgundyBlooms:Late SummerFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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 PlantsNorthern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium); Cranesbill (Geranium cinereum); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe); Creeping Phlox (Phlox); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average to very lean, well-drained soil. Takes light shade, particularly in hot southern climates. Water regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established in landscape. Take care not to overwater. As groundcover space 12 to 18 in. apart, closer for faster fill. Fertilize sparingly.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water occasionally once established; more in containers and extreme heat.
- 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.