Sedum, or stonecrop, thrives in Colorado's poor soil and dry climate. Sedums are usually succulents with green, gray or red leaves. Sedum flowers are small, star-shaped and usually borne in clusters. They range in color from white and yellow to pink and purple.
The easy cultivation of sedum is a gardener's dream. Most root easily from stem cuttings. They thrive in alkaline soil and full sun.
Autumn Joy sedum reaches 18 to 24 inches. Its gray-green leaves add contrast to the perennial garden. In autumn, flowers change from a deep pink to pinkish-bronze, then finally to copper-red. To add texture to a garden during winter months, leave sedum uncut.
Another sedum that greatly adds to the perennial border is Vera Jameson which reaches ten inches in height. Its reddish-green leaves add contrast in foliage color and texture, a quality highly desired by landscape designers.
For more information, see the following Colorado State Extension fact sheet(s).
- Flowers For Mountain Communities
- Xeriscaping: Ground Cover Plants
- Ground Cover Plants
- Ground Covers for Mountain Communities
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Updated Friday, April 19, 2013