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SEDUM adolphii

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Altman Plants

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

SEDUM adolphii

Plant Common Name

Adolph's Sedum, Golden Sedum

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General Description

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 green leaves. Only when grown in the sun do they take on the orange-red highlights that make it a visual delight. As rosettes age they produce new leaves at the center, shedding the oldest that drop off and root where conditions are right.

This succulent blooms in spring with small cream colored flower heads produced at the tips. They are not very showy and may be cut off to preserve the beauty of the foliage. Use in succulent color bowls to bounce of blue tinted plants. It also creeps down rock gardens where the climate and exposure is just right. Grow in a solarium in the winter for beautiful living color. Like all succulents, this one demands very well drained porous soils with plenty of sharp sand. Water scantly in winter but often in the summer for fast growth.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Cactus or Succulent

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Southern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Orange, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Hanging Basket, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No