Jenny’s Stonecrop

Scientific name : “Sedum reflexum”

Sedum reflexum (SEE-dum ree-FLEKS-um), also known as Sedum rupestre (rue-PES-tree) is a hardy evergreen perennial stonecrop (Sedum) species hailing from mountainous regions throughout North America and in some dry parts of South America. The Sedum reflexum is a member of the Crassulaceae a family in the genus Hylotelephium, otherwise known as stonecrops.

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Sedum reflexum (SEE-dum ree-FLEKS-um), also known as Sedum rupestre (rue-PES-tree) is a hardy evergreen perennial stonecrop (Sedum) species hailing from mountainous regions throughout North America and in some dry parts of South America. The Sedum reflexum is a member of the Crassulaceae a family in the genus Hylotelephium, otherwise known as stonecrops. These plants are so-called because in their native settings they typically grow in stony, rocky areas. The plant’s scientific name (Sedum) is Latin derived from the word, sedeo. This refers to the plant’s growth habit of sitting and sprawling over stones. Reflexum means “bent backward”, the alternate, rupestre, is a reference to rocks. The Sedum reflexum is a succulent with a blue-gray foliage color that can quickly reach a height of six or eight inches. Individual plants may spread as wide as two feet. The plant spreads rapidly forming a dense mat of bluish-green leaves arranged on their stems much like spruce needles.

Sunlight – It is easy to grow in full sun settings with well-drained soil and little water. It can tolerate some shade, but it greatly prefers heat and sun.

Watering –  This drought-resistant plant requires very little water. Water deeply from below or at ground level only when the soil is dry.

Plant Care – When kept in pots or containers, pinch or trim Sedum reflexum to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Use cuttings to propagate new plants.

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