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Hylotelephium spectabile

Previously known as:

  • Sedum spectabile
Phonetic Spelling
hy-loh-te-LEH-fee-um speck-TAB-ih-lee
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Stonecrop is a succulent perennial requiring well-drained or gravelly soil with average to low fertility.  While the plant does well in full sun, morning or afternoon shade is desirable as well. This plant is drought tolerant and requires little attention. It is easily rooted from stem cuttings.

The fleshy foliage grows with a mounding habit and is attractive even without blooms. The stems can be pruned in summer to obtain a shorter bushier plant but will delay bloom time. The showy flowers appear mid to late summer into fall and attract bees and butterflies. Leaving the seedheads on the plant will add some winter interest. 

VIDEO Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Groundcovers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens. 

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Walkway at the Park
Cultivars / Varieties:
    'Autumn Joy' Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy' flower with bee
  • 'Meteor'
    Deep rose flowers and gray-green foliage
  • 'Rosenteller'
    Light green foliage, pink flowers
'Autumn Joy', 'Meteor', 'Rosenteller'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#drought tolerant#fall flowers#perennial#succulent#pink flowers#playground#herb garden#cpp#children's garden#rock gardens#pollinator plant#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
    'Autumn Joy' Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy' flower with bee
  • 'Meteor'
    Deep rose flowers and gray-green foliage
  • 'Rosenteller'
    Light green foliage, pink flowers
'Autumn Joy', 'Meteor', 'Rosenteller'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#drought tolerant#fall flowers#perennial#succulent#pink flowers#playground#herb garden#cpp#children's garden#rock gardens#pollinator plant#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hylotelephium
    Species:
    spectabile
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Korea
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Textural
    Edibility:
    Stems and leaves, when very young and tender, may be eaten raw. Later, until they flower, they may be briefly cooked. Flavor is bland.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Poisonous
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Seed heads can be left on for winter interest.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    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:
    Flowers appear in flat-topped cymes 4-6 inches across that are packed with 1/2 inch star-shaped flowers. Flowers are in shades of pink and turn dark reddish-brown with age. Bloom time is late summer to fall.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    3-inch blue-green fleshy oval leaves have coarsely toothed margins. The opposite leaves can occur in whorls of 3.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Unbranched fleshy stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Rabbits
    Salt
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Unknown, but possibly gastrointestinal symptoms.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids sedine, sedamine, and others.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Stems