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Sedum telephium ‘Purple Emperor’

Ice Plant 'Purple Emperor'

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.07m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.5m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPale lilac
  • Leaf ColourDeep purple
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Sedum telephium ‘Purple Emperor’ (Ice Plant 'Purple Emperor'). This is a sedum with broad, deep purple leaves on dark red stems, and rounded clusters of small, pale lilac flowers, which arrive in late summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Origin

China

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and for their flowers, which are attractive to bees and other beneficial insects. Attractive seed heads in winter.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

This plant can be given the 'Chelsea chop' in late May to produce a more compact form. May need staking.

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 and snails outdoors, under glass aphids, scale insects, mealy bugs and vine weevil.

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