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Russian Stonecrop

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Russian Stonecrop is smothered in stunning yellow star-shaped flowers with orange eyes at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its succulent oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Characteristics

Species:
kamtschaticum
Other Species Names:
Kamchatka Stonecrop
Average Landscape Height:
6 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Sedum
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
18 inches
Flower Color:
yellow
Flower Eye Color:
orange
Flower Form:
star
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Russian Stonecrop is smothered in stunning yellow star-shaped flowers with orange eyes at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its succulent oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Russian Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Russian Stonecrop will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 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.

Russian Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. 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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