Plant of the Month- July 2017

Sedum obtusifolium 

from Lesley Baker

 

A new plant to me for 2016, this sedum has immediately become a favourite!

I obtained my plant from Tim Ingram of Copton Ash nursery early in 2016, and I squeezed it into a trough! The rosettes of glaucus oval leaves make a mat from which short stems arise (about 10cm), covered in sprays of deep pink, white-centred, starry flowers from early July.

Sedum obtusifolium

Sedum obtusifolium

 

Sedum obtusifolium is a member of the family Crassulaceae, and can also be known as Phedimus obtusifolius. It is native to Iran and Turkey, and grows there in muddy places that get baked dry in summer! Here it seems to thrive in well-drained soil in full sun, and the leaves can take on reddish shades in hot dry weather, adding to its pleasing appearance.

In late summer-autumn, underground shoots bearing tight clusters of tiny white leaves emerge to form new flat rosettes to overwinter, and these expand in spring, eventually forming the new flowering shoots.

I divided my plant easily and successfully this spring!

I believe that this plant is hardy here given well-drained soil and a sunny location, although I will keep a spare in a sheltered spot until it has been through a hard winter here!

 

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