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Sedum 'Firecracker' PP26595

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: SUNSPARKLER® Series
Common Name: Stonecrop

For a rich blanket of color in those hot, sunny areas, try Sedum ‘Firecracker’ from breeder Chris Hansen who also brought us ‘Dazzleberry’ and ‘Lime Zinger’. This is Chris’ improvement over his previous red-foliage introduction, ‘Cherry Tart’.

You will be amazed by the foliage bud count on each dormant plug; it is a very dense growing, well-branched selection that won’t split open in summer. It puts on a strong show of burgundy red color all season long, with only the tiniest new leaves emerging mint green. Plant ‘Firecracker’ en masse in the landscape as a colorful, weed-suppressing ground cover and enjoy its vibrant pink flowers in late summer to early fall as an added bonus. 

Sedum SUNSPARKLER® Series--

This colorful new series of Sedum comes from the breeding work of Chris Hansen.  After several years of hybridizing and evaluating in his West Michigan field trials, Chris has selected only the best, most unique cultivars for introduction in his new SUNSPARKLER® series. 

Chris selects for colorful groundcover types from a pool of over 4,000 seedlings.  They all retain their attractive coloration from spring through fall and are free of the leaf scorch that can often plague Sedums.  Their compact habit and unique foliage/flower combinations greatly broaden the range of groundcover type Sedums that are currently on the market.  They can also be used in combination containers and green roof systems. 

Like all Sedums, they thrive on neglect and show their best colors when grown dry and in full sun.

Intro Year: 2014

Breeder: Chris Hansen

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  6 Inches
Spread:
  18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Purple shades
  Red shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Rock Garden
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Drought Tolerant
Edging
Ground cover
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'
Common Name: Thyme-Red Creeping
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'
Common Name: Mexican Hen & Chicks
7b,8,9,10
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Sedum repestre 'Angelina'
Common Name: Stonecrop-Blue Spruce
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'
Common Name: Lily-turf-Blue
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Lavandula x intermedia PHENOMENAL™ ('Niko' PP24193)
Common Name: Lavender-English
4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.