Sedum – Stonecrop, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Sedum – Stonecrop

If
there is a rocky spot in your garden you will desire
a number of sorts of Sedums, for they are most interesting
in habit, leaf and flower. Sedums are wild with us in
America, but there are also many sorts in Europe and
Asia.

SPECIES.
Sedum spectabile. Showy Stonecrop. This is one
of the handsomest of all Sedums. It has pink or rosy-red
flowers produced abundantly in flat clusters. The leaves
of this sort, are thick and juicy, as is the case with
all Sedums. The flowers open in late Summer and remain
in bloom several months. The varieties Brilliant and
atropurpureum are superior to the wild sort.

S.
acre.
Golden Moss. Wall Pepper. This low, tufted
perennial spreads over the soil. The leaves are small,
attractive, light green. The flowers, bright yellow
in color, completely cover the plants and open in June
and July.

S.
Sieboldii.
This sort has round, gray leaves borne
in threes and pink flowers produced in September. The
plants grow less than afoot tall. In the Autumn the
leaves become pinkish.

The
following sorts are also good and should be searched
for in catalogs if one wishes to grow more of the species:

S.
album,
white flowers, 4 inches to 6 inches tall.

S.
kamtschaticum,
yellow flowers, 4 inches to 6 inches
tall.

S.
reflexum,
yellow flowers, 6 inches to 10 inches
tall.

S.
sexangulare
(resembles S. acre but leaves
and plants are smaller).

S.
stoloniferum (spurinm).
Purple Stonecrop. Pink or
white flowers. Trailing.

S.
ternatum.
White flowers. Trailing.

UTILIZE.
For perennial borders the Stonecr8ps are dainty and
effective edging plants. As a cut flower the Showy Stonecrop
is attractive. They are entirely at home in the rock
garden. For planting in rock steps, between stepping
stones and for a ground cover the dwarf, sorts are unexcelled.

GENERAL.
The Sedums generally prefer a sandy soil; at least it
must be perfectly drained in Winter. Generally the Stonecrop
thrives best in sun beaten places, but many of them
may be coaxed to grow in shaded places beneath trees
and shrubbery.

PROPAGATION.
The propagation is simple: each piece of the plant may
be rooted and will grow into a good plant in a short
time. They also grow from seed.

 


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