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Rocky Stonecrop Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Petrosedum rupestre
Phonetic Spelling
SEE-dum rue-PES-tree
Description

Sedum is a genus of succulent, herbaceous, evergreen, perennials with fleshy, flat or rounded leaves depending on the species. In general, the plant is upright and spreads along the ground. The genus has over 300 species, though many have been moved to the genus Hylotelephium. The genus name comes from the Latin word sedeo meaning to sit in reference to the habit of many of the sedums species to sit and sprawl over rocks.  

Sedum rupestry 'Angelina' is a cultivar of the Sedum species rupestry and is mainly grown for its striking spiky yellow leaves that turn an attractive red-orange color with cold weather in the fall. In the wild, this plant is often found along walls, shingle and warm grassy places on sandy soils. It avoids acid soils. Plant in the full sun, although it tolerates light shade, and in a site that provides good drainage. Gardeners often use the plant as a groundcover in a rock garden, draping over a rock wall, or hanging basket. It is a mat-forming plant that spreads rapidly. It looks best in small groups or mass planted as a border front or lining a walkway or patio.  This plant is resistant to damage by deer and rabbits and tolerates drought, air pollution, and dry rocky soils. The leaves tend to fall off easily; however, the fallen leaves can be used to propagate new plants. Stems and leaves may be eaten raw when very young and tender. As the stems and leaves age, but before the plants flower, the edible parts may still be eaten if they are briefly cooked. The sap can irritate the skin of some people and the leaves, eaten in quantity, can cause stomach upsets.

A good ground cover plant for a sunny position. The plant is used on 'green roof' and 'green wall' systems in Korea where plants are incorporated into the structure of the building to provide habitats for wildlife and insulate the building, helping to improve the environment.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: 

No serious diseases or insect problems, except for occasional slugs and snails. Avoid wet or poorly drained conditions.

 

VIDEO Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Houseplants, Succulents, and Cacti", a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.   

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Lake Wall Garden Containers at Pitt County Arboretum
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#evergreen#deciduous#drought tolerant#perennials#succulent#colorful leaves#low maintenance#chartreuse#rabbit resistant#air pollution tolerant#cascading#deer resistant#groundcover#naturalizes#border front#rocky soils tolerant#garden walls#dry soils tolerant#fall color red#fall color orange#Guilford Crevice Garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#deciduous#drought tolerant#perennials#succulent#colorful leaves#low maintenance#chartreuse#rabbit resistant#air pollution tolerant#cascading#deer resistant#groundcover#naturalizes#border front#rocky soils tolerant#garden walls#dry soils tolerant#fall color red#fall color orange#Guilford Crevice Garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sedum
    Species:
    rupestre
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Turkey
    Distribution:
    Central and western Europe, Britain.
    Play Value:
    Colorful
    Edibility:
    Stems and leaves can be eaten, but when ingested in large quantities, can cause stomach upset.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Creeping
    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:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small, terminal clusters of tiny, star-shaped, five-petaled, yellow flowers (each to 1/2 inch across) bloom in flat terminal inflorescences just above the foliage June to August.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Tiny, pointed, cylindrical chartreuse yellow-green leaves 3/4 of an inch long with light brown tips. With cool weather leaves turn red-orange.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Description:
    low, thick stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Rock Wall
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits