Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sedum rubrotinctum; my favorite plant in the garden this week…

This week’s favorite plant, Sedum rubrotinctum, is tiny and therefore easy to miss. However when you’re out inspecting the garden after the coldest temperatures of the season (26 F in my garden), seeing this zone 9 succulent looking good is a happy moment.

Since I assumed it didn't stand a chance of overwintering I had taken cuttings back in November…

But there was so much of it I had to leave some behind, never dreaming it would still be alive in late January, in previous winters whatever wasn't brought indoors turned to mush quite quickly.

As with most sedums S. rubrotinctum is quite easy to propagate. All the plants you've seen here (and several others both dead and alive) all came from this original sedum planted in the spring of 2011...

If you live in a cooler climate just take cuttings in the fall and plant them up, overwintering on a sunny windowsill or anywhere with bright light. Come spring they can be planted directly in the ground.

Or tucked into a container.

The stats on Sedum rubrotinctum:

Perennial succulent groundcover
Zones: 9a-11
Size: 6” tall x 12” wide
Prefers full sun okay with part sun
Adaptable to most soil types
Drought tolerant, low water needs

Also known as:
  • Jellybean Sedum
  • Pork and Beans

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