You get a lot of reward for very little effort with sedum. Sedums are sometimes known as stonecrop because they need about the same amount of care as stones: almost none. They need very little water and thrive in really hot spots where other plants would struggle.
Most sedums are small but this one, sedum herbstfreude, grows up to 60cm tall. It’s a bit of a star of the sedum world. Its leaves are cute all year round and in autumn it explodes into colour with lots of flowers that turn from pale pink to deep pink, eventually fading to soft brown.
The reason sedum plants need so little care is because they store water in those thick, fleshy leaves. Those water stores can get them through long periods of drought. In the wild, they’re mainly found in places where the weather is hot and dry.
While there’s no real care required, beyond a bit of water if the soil gets completely dry and a yearly trim, feeding once at the beginning of spring will give it a nutrient boost for the growing season. Also, make sure excess water can drain from the bottom of the pot. It doesn’t like to be waterlogged.
Did you know?
Sedums were used as an easy source of food in some parts of Canada. We wouldn’t recommend eating them.