Sedum rupestre

Stone orpine

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Dave Bevan, copyright GAP Photos (222556)

Plant details

Despite being potentially invasive, this makes a very useful, easy-going, carpeting plant for the right situation. It provides good evergreen ground cover, ideal for anywhere with hot sunny conditions and dry soil, such as a drought garden, large rock feature, in a hollow-topped wall, or for growing through gravel among craggy rocks in a stone garden. Use it also to soften the edges of gravel paths or parking areas, if trodden on or run over, plants are easily tidied and soon replace damaged stems with fresh growth. This is sometimes listed as S. reflexum.

Family: Crassulaceae

Genus: Sedum

Species: rupestre

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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