Growing Sedum

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Sedum Flowers


Sedum is a perennial plant with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. Here’s how to grow sedum in your garden!

There are many varieties of sedum plants, which makes them suitable for almost all types of garden designs. Use low–growing sedum varieties as ground covers and in rock gardens, and taller varieties for back borders. Sedums are hardy, easy to care for, and make great cut flowers, too.


  • Plant sedum seeds in early spring in well-drained, average to rich soil. (Learn more about soil amendments and preparing soil for planting.)
  • Space plants between 6 inches and 2 feet apart, depending on the variety.
  • Low-growing and vigorous species will tolerate partial shade, but most sedum do best in full sun.
  • You can also plant divisions or cuttings instead of seeds.
    • For divisions: 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.
    • For cuttings: Simply place the cut end into soil and the cutting should have no trouble rooting under proper lighting and watering conditions.


  • Once established, sedum plants require little care. Check your plants regularly to make sure they are not too dry and water when needed.
  • After flowering, cut back the plants to maintain their shape or contain them in one area. 
  • 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

Growing Sedum

Botanical Name


Plant Type Flower
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Loamy, Sandy
Soil pH
Bloom Time Spring, Summer
Flower Color Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Special Features Attracts Butterflies