Forest & Kim Starr
Recently introduced from the uplands of Mexico, this tender mat-forming sub-shrub is valued for its drought tolerance and its prolific season-long display of bright pink flowers. Reminiscent of snapdragons, the tubular, two-lipped flowers are densely borne in short spikes. The small gray evergreen leaves are paired on square stems.
Pink skullcap is a great plant for water wise landscapes. It thrives in well-drained soil and full sun, but will take a bit of shifting shade. Where not hardy it works...
James H. Schutte
(Hybrid Showy Stonecrop)
A parent of the renowned 'Vera Jameson' and a hybrid of the rugged Eurasian native Sedum telephium, 'Ruby Glow' remains among the most valuable stonecrops (and herbaceous perennials) thanks to its compact stature, colorful foliage and flowers, and overall vigor. Its lax, purple, calf-high stems are densely clothed with rounded purple-gray leaves from spring until fall. In summer rounded broccoli-like clusters of deep purple-pink flowers appear above the foliage, attracting bees and butterflies....
(Adolph's Sedum, Golden Sedum)
This lovely high colored tender succulent is a fine groundcover in frost free areas. It is mostly grown as a container plant for easy protection during the colder season. This plant is native to the Cape region of South Africa where the dry season is long and hot but tempered by the marine influence. The plants love sun on the coast, but may suffer inland and where extreme heat forces it to be grown in the shade. This plant is a rangy creeper, developing casual rosettes of football shaped yellow...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Lesser Mexican Stonecrop)
Handsome glossy evergreen leaves and showy spring flowers make this low shrubby Mexican perennial a real gem for mild climates. The fleshy oval dark green leaves concentrate toward the tips of arching branches, forming lush mounds. Older plants become more open in habit. Branched inflorescences of small starry bright yellow blooms appear in spring.
While this plant prefers sun, it requires afternoon shade in hot climates. Porous sharply-drained soil is essential. This plant is best grown...
(Orange Stonecrop, Variegated Orange Stonecrop)
This durable, showy-leaved, mat-forming perennial makes an ideal groundcover for cold, dry, rocky garden niches. Its parent species inhabits stony slopes in Northeast Asia.
The fleshy, toothed, spoon-shaped leaves of 'Variegatum' have irregular, creamy-white margins. The leaves sometimes persist into winter, often turning burgundy tones in fall. Small starry orange-yellow flowers appear in leafy clusters in summer, followed by russet-red fruits that provide fall and winter interest. Plants spread...
(Burro's Tail, Donkey's Tail)
In the wild, the stems of burro's tail sprawl like snakes across the rocky soil. It becomes a beautiful specimen when grown in a hanging basket so its heavy stems dangle straight down like dreadlocks or chains. An evergreen succulent from the arid parts of Mexico, burro's tail is sensitive to frost.
The stems are somewhat woody but fleshy, each weighted down by hundreds of small, tear drop-shaped leaves. The pointy leaves are plump and often curl, colored pale seafoam green to light gray-green....