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Blue Spruce Stonecrop

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Blue Spruce Stonecrop is smothered in stunning gold star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its attractive succulent needle-like leaves remain silvery blue in color throughout the season.

Characteristics

Species:
rupestre
Other Species Names:
Sedum reflexum
Average Landscape Height:
8 inches
Average Landscape Width:
12 inches
Genus:
Sedum
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
10 inches
Flower Color:
gold
Flower Form:
star
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
silver blue
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Blue Spruce Stonecrop is smothered in stunning gold star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its attractive succulent needle-like leaves remain silvery blue in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Spruce Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Blue Spruce Stonecrop will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

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