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Botanical name: Sedum

Plant type: Flower

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Sandy, Loamy

Flower color: Red, Pink, Yellow, White

Bloom time: Spring, Summer

Sedum is a perennial with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. There are many types of sedums, which all have different uses: use low–growing varieties for ground covers and rock gardens and tall varieties for back borders. Sedums are easy to care for and are good for cut flowers.


  • Plant sedum seeds in early spring in well-drained, average to rich soil in full sun. Space the plants between 6 inches and 2 feet apart, depending on the type. Low-growing and vigorous species will tolerate partial shade.
  • You can also plant divisions or cuttings instead of seeds. Dig a hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surface, then place the plant in the hole and fill it in.


  • Once established, sedums require little care. Check your plants regularly to make sure they are not dry and water when needed.
  • After flowering, cut back the plants to maintain their shape.
  • Remember to divide your plants in the spring or fall to control their spread. Throughout the summer, divisions and cuttings root readily.


  • Mealybugs
  • Scale insects
  • Slugs
  • Snails

Recommended Varieties

  • Sedum humifusum, which makes a good ground cover and has beautiful bright yellow flowers
  • Briliant (Sedum spectabile), to add a bit of bright pink to your garden

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies


is it better to plant

By cliff hatch on March 23

is it better to plant sedum seeds in the ground in front of a grave stone or to plant a fully grown sedum plant ?

Sedum is great choice for

By georgewilson on March 24

Sedum is great choice for gravestones. Get a low-growing variety so it doesn't get floppy. You can seed or buy a plant; it really depends on how long you want to wait. If you plant in the spring, it should bloom in the summer, but some varieties grow quickly and others grow more slowly.

can you grow new sedum plants

By jaffa hyman

can you grow new sedum plants from the old clippings

Sedum is very easy to

By Almanac Staff

Sedum is very easy to propagate. Snip a piece about 4 inches long that has 3 or more leaves. Remove the bottom leaves and push the cutting into moistened soil mix so that the one leaf is above the surface of the soil. Use a well-draining soil mix or mix sand into regular potting soil.

I was given a lovely potted

By name taken

I was given a lovely potted sedum, which I kept on my terrace. Can I bring it inside now that the temperatures are dropping below freezing as the pot is small and I don't want the roots to freeze.
If it starts to regrow indoors will that be a problem for the plant?

I live in Manitoba, the snows

By Verla Chambers

I live in Manitoba, the snows have begun, should I "cut back" my sedum? This is my second year of them and do not know what cutting back means. Am I to cut them to the ground?? I appreciate any advice. Thank you.

Sedum should die to the

By Almanac Staff

Sedum should die to the ground in the winter. Cut them down any time--now or late winter or early spring.  When we say cut them down, we mean to the ground. Some people keep wait to prune until early spring as they think the seedheads add winter interest.
In general, throughout the growing season, you can cut back a third of the sedum stems whenever they grow floppy.  When they are 6 to 12 inches tall, you can pinch back their growing tips to encourage sturdy growth (not floppy).

How does soil pH effect the

By J Stroebel

How does soil pH effect the intensity of the color in "Sedum spectabile"?

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