Dragon's Blood Stonecrop

Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood'

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.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water occasionally once established; more in containers and extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationSEE-dum SPUR-ee-um
LoreLeaves 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.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Gift Plant, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater occasionally once established; more in containers and extreme heat.
Companion PlantsNorthern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium); Cranesbill (Geranium cinereum); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe); Creeping Phlox (Phlox); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum)

Thrives 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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