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Autumn Delight Stonecrop
Sedum "Autumn Delight"
Sedum "Autumn Delight" flowers
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Height: 18 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2
Other Names: Autumn Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop
A highly desirable and popular groundcover, forming a dense mound completely covered in broccoli-like shell pink flowers which fade to red in early fall, variegated chartreuse and blue-green foliage is prominent all season; needs a dry and sunny location
Autumn Delight Stonecrop features beautiful clusters of shell pink flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to late fall, which emerge from distinctive creamy white flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's attractive large succulent oval leaves remain chartreuse in color with showy bluish-green variegation throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Autumn Delight Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance perennial, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Autumn Delight Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Autumn Delight Stonecrop will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.
This perennial 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 plant can be propagated by division.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.