September Plant of the Month

Autumn Joy Sedum

Autumn Joy Sedum

Latin Name: Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Crassulaceae

Zone: 3 to 9

Height: 1.5 to 2 feet

Spread: 1.5 to 2 feet

Bloom Time: September to October

Bloom Description: Rosy pink buds turning to red

Sun: Full sun

Water: Dry to medium

Culture:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun.  Will tolerate light shade, but growth weakens as shade increases.  Needs good soil drainage to perform well and is drought tolerant.  Plants may be cut back in late spring to control height.

Characteristics:

A clump-forming perennial that features masses of tiny flowers which emerge pink, gradually change to deep rose-red, and then to coppery-rust in autumn as they die.  Flowers appear in large, flattened heads 3-6” across atop succulent greyish-green stems.  It is attractive to butterflies throughout the growing season.  Foliage and dead inflorescences persist well into the winter providing some additional interest.