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Sedum rupestre 'Lemon Coral'

Stonecrop

Sedum is a great plant to add to any floral environment. The unique leaf texture and overall look of this plant provides a versatile option for both potted and garden landscapes. Utilize its rich trailing branches to make beautiful hanging baskets, window boxes, and patio combinations. Combine with other succulents or tropical plants to create exotic rock gardens or landscape designs. Lemon Coral is a rock garden favorite that also looks wonderful cascading over a wall or trellis. Beautiful blooms cover bright chartreuse foliage all season long. Lemon Coral is a vigorous plant with a mounded to trailing growth habit. The spiky, chartreuse, succulent foliage has a spread of 12-24 inches, requiring a space of 16-24 inches to properly grow, and an optimal height of 3-6 inches.  The ability to thrive in full or partial sun, complement many other plants or flowers, or simply stand alone make it a great choice for your home and garden.

Height: 3-6 Inches

Spread: 12-24 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 10 - 11

Interesting Notes:

Sedum is a mounded to trailing annual and tender perennial. Usually succulent in nature, many Sedum series are extremely variable in form, and are naturally distributed in the Northern Hemisphere with a few being found in the mountainous areas of northern South America and Africa. Their succulent stems may be upright, spreading, or hanging and are densely lined with fleshy leaves that are cylindrical or flattened.

Sedum Lemon Coral, bred by Proven Winners, is commonly used in hanging baskets, window boxes, and patio planters, planted in the garden as a border crop, or utilized in a rock garden to create a beautiful exotic look. Sedum grows best in dry, fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full to partial sun exposure flower. A unique feature of Sedum Lemon Coral is that it has bright needle like foliage and the leaves often become tinged with orange or red during winter, if the plant is kept indoors. Sedum will continuously bloom all season long. Key features of this variety include heat and drought tolerance, deer resistance, and no deadheading required.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Finding a fresh young plant, without dying foliage is very important. Look for rich chartreuse foliage as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Sedum is a full to partial sun annual that thrives in the heat. The best time for planting your plant is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Sedums will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.

Sedum is a low maintenance plant that is heat tolerant. While it has high tolerance levels, water application a few times a week is still necessary, and regular fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. Sedum plants must also be well drained. It is important to ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.

If your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well shaped. After pinching back, your plant will quickly recover and may begin to bloom again within 1–2 weeks, depending on climate conditions.

Stonecrop rarely has many pest threats. The lush foliage of these unique succulents forms a prime environment for pests like slugs and snail. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the area of holes where such pests can live prior to planting. Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Mites usually don’t cause much harm to the plant, but can sometimes stunt their growth or cause a bit of browning to their leaves. The best treatment of this is to gently wash your plant with water, rinsing off the spider mites. Natural remedies should always be your first option when treating pests, as they will be least harmful to the plant.

The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Don’t panic when you see a few bugs hovering around your gardens. Hang a sticky trap above the plant to obtain a few insects samples. Once a clear diagnostic has been made, the plant can be properly treated.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attributes:

  • No Deadheading
  • Great Foliage
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Rock Garden
  • Mass Planting
  • Tropical
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Edging
  • Texture
  • Window Boxes
  • Container
  • Versatile
  • Trellis / Wall
  • Border
  • Interior Design

Exposure:

  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Chartreuse

Habit:

  • Trailing
  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Well Drained
  • Dry

Vigor:

  • Vigorous