The genus Sedum has over 300 species. Although, many have been moved to the genus Hylotelephium. Its genus name comes from the Latin word sedeo. Specifically meaning “to sit in”. Particularly in reference to the habit of many of the sedum species that sit and sprawl over rocks.
These trailing succulent plants are herbaceous perennials. The leaves tend to fall off easily. However, fallen leaves can be used to propagate new plants. Specifically with fleshy, flat or rounded leaves depending on the species. Generally, the plant is upright and spreads along the ground. It can be grown as a houseplant, ground cover, or interiorscape or landscape. Unlike other genera of succulent plants, most sedums prefer cool summers and winters and tolerate temperatures well below freezing. Specifically the smaller sedums.
When grown outdoors, most species prefer partial to full sun. Indoors they are easy to grow with bright direct light. From a window or a grow light. Sedums prefer coarse, well-draining soil. Preferably a cactus mix. However, they tolerate rocky and poor soils quite well. It establishes itself quickly. And, most species are cold tolerant. Succulent leaves make them drought and dry soil tolerant. Nonetheless, they can be damaged by deer.
Taller Sedums produce large clusters of flowers. Specifically in shades of white, yellow, pink, or red. Masses of star-shaped flowers bloom in summer. Low-growing species are generally grown for their foliage. Additionally, they spread by rooting stems. Definitely great in hanging baskets, in rock gardens, or as a ground cover. Indeed perfect as fillers in succulent arrangements. Depending on the variety, Sedums can withstand light foot traffic.
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