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Sedum (Herbstfreude Group) ‘Herbstfreude’

Ice plant 'Herbstfreude'

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.07m to 1m
  • Spread0.5m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourGreen, pink shades, rust brown
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Sedum (Herbstfreude Group) ‘Herbstfreude’ (Ice plant 'Herbstfreude'). Also known as Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy'. Glaucus fleshy stems and leaves support large flat terminal clusters of starry flowers in early autumn. The flowers open from greenish-pink buds, changing colour through pale pink to deep pink and finally a rust brown.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Origin

China

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers, which attract bees and beneficial insects, as well as their ornamental seedheads.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Can be given the 'Chelsea Chop' in late May to encourage more compact growth. Staking may be necessary.

Propagation

You can propagate the perennials, the sub-shrubs and shrubs by softwood cuttings of non-flowering shoots or by division from spring to mid-summer. Or you can grow from seed sown in autumn or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs, snails, vine weevil and root rot.

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