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Sedum kamtschaticum

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Stonecrop-Russian

An attractive semi-evergreen groundcover with rich green, toothed leaves and a dense creeping habit. Bright orange-yellow flowers which are produced in early summer eventually give way to rusty red seed capsules that add color to the fall garden.

Low, spreading sedums form a solid mat of foliage which is excellent for covering slopes or can be planted as a groundcover in sunny, dry areas. They are extremely drought tolerant and many are evergreen. These are terrific low-maintenance plants that always look their best.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  4-6 Inches
Spread:
  10-15 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
  Yellow Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 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?:
  Early summer
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
Ground cover
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1993

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Sedum is one of the most popular perennials grown in American gardens because it is very easy to grow and hardy in most areas of the country. Because of its thick, succulent leaves which can store water, sedum is drought tolerant. It should be sited in average to poor soil that is well-drained. Plants grown in rich soil tend to be lanky and open. Most varieties should be grown in full sun to light shade. The lower growing types, however, will survive in partial shade.

Divide sedum every 3-4 years to maintain its compact growth habit. Older plants tend to split in the center if they have not been divided. Pinching the taller varieties back by half in early summer will also help prevent them from splitting. This plant is not usually bothered by pests or diseases. The seed heads of the taller varieties provide excellent winter interest and food for birds. Remove them in spring when the new growth begins to show.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip'
Common Name: Bugleweed
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Rosy Glow'
Common Name: Stonecrop
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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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.