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Where Do I Plant My (stonecrop) or Sedum Groundcover?

Posted by Mark Luchtefeld

Where Do I Plant My (stonecrop) or Sedum Groundcover?

     Which one of the many Sedums are we talking about?  My first introduction to Sedums in the landscape came 10 years back my wife and I down sized (last child gone) to a smaller, older home. Growing around a small maple tree in front was Sedum kamschaticum.  It looked good and my wife thought it was cool. Come spring the plant was covered with star shaped golden flowers. Looking around what to my wondering eyes did I see but clumps of golden yellow flowers all around the neighborhood. Somebody really likes this plant and since it is easy to grow spread it around! Here is my two cents on a couple sedums I have been watching.

Three Popular Varieties of Sedum

     Sedum kamtschaticum var. floriferum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’  is a fast growing low ground cover. A single plant will rapidly cover a 6-12” area attaining a height less than 6”.  This low sedum kamschaticumgrowing sedum has dependable, dark bronze green foliage and prolific flowering. New spring growth is a welcome, cheerful red. Prolific, star-shaped flowers are golden yellow with pinkish- orange overtones and cover the plant twice during the growing season.      


Sedum spurium ‘Red Carpet’ common name Caucasian stonecrop. ‘Red Carpet' is a low, mat forming, red-leafed sedum or stonecrop. 'Red Carpet' is an evergreen ground cover that grows sedum red carpet3-4” tall spreads to 18-24” wide. Leaves are attractive throughout the growing season. Leaves turn deep burgundy in fall-winter. Tiny, star shaped, red flowers bloom infrequently in late spring to mid-summer.  Easy to grow in average, dry to medium moisture, but well drained soils with full sun. Tolerates some light shade. Drought tolerant and has no serious insect problems.   

Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’ is a low growing, ground hugging, mat-forming stonecrop (also called two-row stonecrop because leaves are in two columns along the stems)that is great for a sedum tri colorground cover.  Tricolor leaves freature green in the center with white margins tinged with pink. Leaf color remains throughout the growing season. Tricolor grows 3-6" tall and spreads12-18”. Tiny, star shaped, pink flowers bloom in late spring to early summer.  These three sedums grow in full sun and tolerate a light shade as well as drought.

     Each  of the sedums shows off a different color and could be use together for a blend of color. Excellent in rock gardens, retaining wall pockets, small areas and planted in groups.

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