Sedum - Black Beauty - Garden Succulent

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Sedum is a perennial with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems and clusters of flowers. Sedum or Garden Succulents are easy to care for and grow in American gardens. Sometimes called 'fat plants,' these very popular and trendy favorites have parts that are thicker and more fleshy to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Sedum is commonly known as Stonecrop. A very dependable choice for the garden that offers foliage interest early in the season and a colorful flower display later.

About this Variety

Sedum Black Beauty produces superb, deep purple to blackish foliage. Its excellent branching quality produces full plants with masses of reddish-pink flower heads in late summer. Heat and drought tolerant. Will grow in nearly any soil.

Highlights

  • Very easy to grow and maintain
  • Multiplies quickly
  • Grows well in containers, borders, rock gardens & mass plantings
  • Heat and drought tolerant
  • Temperatures determine foliage color

Exposure:

Full sun to partial shade

Blooms:

Summer

Height:

Grows 12-24" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 18-24" apart, 0.5-1" deep

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 3-9, Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Plant Sedum in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in a full sun to partially shaded location. Sedum loves soil that is rich, porous and drains well but still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments like peat moss or ground bark. Spread a 3-4 inch layer of soil amendment if needed, add fertilizer and incorporate into the soil to a depth of 10 inches. Plant in groups with roots spaced 24-48" apart for the best show. Sedum should be planted 0.5-1" deep. Water thoroughly at planting. Water as needed while growing. Mulch to keep the soil cool and to prevent the soil from drying out. Apply fertilizer before and after flowering.

Care Tip

These plants require little to no maintenance as long as they are planted properly and establish themselves. After flowering, cut back to maintain shape.