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Dream Dazzler Stonecrop

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Emerging blue-green and white foliage matures to dark purple with hot pink edges in summer; masses of magenta-pink flowers in fall; a drought-tolerant perennial that does best in poor soils, an excellent choice for late summer color in the garden

Characteristics

Other Species Names:
Autumn Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop
Average Landscape Height:
10 inches (15 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Sedum
Cultivar:
Dream Dazzler
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
16 inches
Flower Color:
fuchsia
Flower Bicolor:
pink
Flower Period:
from early to mid fall
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Dream Dazzler Stonecrop is covered in stunning panicles of fuchsia flowers with pink overtones rising above the foliage from early to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive succulent round leaves emerge bluish-green in spring, turning deep purple in color with distinctive hot pink edges and tinges of white throughout the season. The burgundy stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Dream Dazzler Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Dream Dazzler Stonecrop will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 15 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 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 15 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 is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Dream Dazzler Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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