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Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' AUTUMN JOY is often confused with:
Hylotelephium spectabile Sedum spectabile
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Oxydendrum arboreum Oxydendrum arboreum leaves in the fall in Moore County
Hamamelis virginiana Hamamelis virginiana
Acer rubrum Acer rubrum
Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' AUTUMN JOY has some other problems:
White-Tailed Deer

Autumn Joy Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' AUTUMN JOY

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Hylotelephium spectabile 'Autumn Joy'
  • Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy'
Phonetic Spelling
hy-loh-te-LEH-fee-um
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

One of the most dependable and lovely perennial flowers is Sedum 'Autumn Joy', with ornamental appeal through the year. Plant in the full sun in well-drained soil.  It can suffer in overly moist or fertile soils.  It can be a specimen or planted in groups, it works well in containers (indoors or outside), planted in borders or rock gardens.  In spring, rounded, fleshy green leaves emerge; in summer the flower buds are light pink, in late summer the flowers open to red and are tremendously attractive to butterflies and bees.  In the winter, browned flower heads are considered ornamental.  To maintain the bushy shape and thick stems cut or pinch plants back in early spring.  Plants can be propagated by division, stem or leaf cuttings.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Apids, mealybugs, nematodes, scale, slugs,  and weevils can be problems.  Wet soils cause rot.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#red#showy flowers#fall color#houseplant#fall flowers#specimen#container plant#succulent#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#fleshy leaves#interiorscape#winter interest#fall interest#playground#food source#cpp#children's garden#group#borders#pollinator plant#poor soils tolerant#nectar plant fall#late summer flowers#bird friendly#flowers early fall#butterfly friendly#HS302
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hylotelephium
    Species:
    spectabile
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, hybrid origin
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees and provide a fall nectar source.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Textural
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    Stems and leaves, when very young and tender, may be eaten raw. Later, until they flower, they may be briefly cooked.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Clumping
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    in winter, browned flower heads are considered ornamental
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    4-5-parted, forming light pink buds that fully open to red in late summer to fall. Flowers are clustered in cymes 3"-6" across.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leathery
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Succulent gray-green perennial herb with fleshy, flat or rounded leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Fleshy
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Pool/Hardscape
    Recreational Play Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Unknown, but possibly gastrointestinal symptoms. CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids sedine, sedamine, and others.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Roots
    Stems