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Sedum lineare 'Variegatum'

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SEE-dum lin-ee-AIR-ee var-ee-eh-GAY-tum
Description

'Variegatum' is a cultivar of Sedum lineare, a low maintenance, sun-loving, herbaceous perennial, evergreen succulent that thrives where other plants often do not. 'Variegatum' is a fleshy plant with flat or rounded leaves and 4 to 5 parted flowers in yellow, white, or red. The parent plant is native to parts of eastern Asia, with its genus name coming from the Latin word sedeo, meaning to sit, and lineare meaning linear, because of the narrow leaves of the plant.  Sedums, in general, are a tough, drought and heat resistant plant often found growing wild in rocky or stony areas. Like most Sedums, 'Variegatum' can develop into a low growing mat-like ground cover, perfect for slopes, tight spots, embedded in or tumbling over walls, rock gardens, xeriscapes, and hanging baskets.  It grows in almost any well-drained soil, especially sandy to gravelly soils, and is well adapted to shallow and poor soil.  It will tolerate some shade but will grow more open and leggy. 

'Variegatum' can be propagated at any time by division, stem cutting, or layering; simply lay a leaf on the soil and roots will form where the leaf and soil meet, covering the leaf with a thin layer of soil will help keep it in place.  For stem cutting, just break off a stem and push into the soil, and to propagate into larger plants, dig up a section and replant. 

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

Slugs and snails. Avoid wet or poorly drained conditions. Taller sedum species with large flower heads are susceptible to flopping. Site in full sun and pinch back in spring to force thicker stems.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sedum
    Species:
    lineare
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    It has been used in herbal medicine
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East Asia
    Distribution:
    Europe, Turkey, Northern Africa, North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Bees enjoy the nectar. Birds enjoy the seeds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Textural
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought, dry soil, shallow-rocky soil
    Edibility:
    Stems and leaves, when very young and tender, may be eaten raw. Later, until they flower, they may be eaten after briefly cooking. Not poisonous, but when eaten in quantity, can cause stomach upset.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    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:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit follicular, membranous or leathery, often surrounded by a persistent membranous corolla, opening on the adaxial side, Seeds mostly minute, usually with fleshy endosperm.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Blooms arrive in late spring to early summer. Short flowering shoots are simple and ascending or weeping. The inflorescences are lax cymes that have anywhere from 10-60 flowers. The individual flowers are short tight blooms that are very close to the foliage with no pedicels.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Fleshy, flat or rounded leaves. 1 inch narrow green leaves with white edge.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Recreational Play Area
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Poor Soil