• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water occasionally once established; more in containers and extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful Succulent Groundcover
    Late Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SEE-dum SPUR-ee-um
    Plant type:Cactus/Succulent
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, 24 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Burgundy
    Blooms:Late Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleContemporary, Rustic
    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.
    Companion PlantsNorthern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium); Cranesbill (Geranium cinereum); Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe); Creeping Phlox (Phlox); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Water occasionally once established; more in containers and extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.