Ice plant

Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'

Ice plant - Sedum  'Bertram Anderson'

Common Name: Ice plant
Genus: Sedum
Cultivar: 'Bertram Anderson'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Provides winter colour, Long flowering period
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.20 m (20 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: Grey/Silver, PurpleFlowering Period: August to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

This plant has won an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS for its outstanding qualities. It is a low growing variety with purplish-grey leaves that emerge in spring. In bold contrast with its cool coloured foliage are the heads of rosy-red flowers which begin their show in late summer and continue well into the autumn. The flowers are loved by butterflies and bees. Plant it in full sun and it requires good drainage for optimum growth.

Other Features: The dried flower-heads provide colour and structure in the winter garden.

Garden Care: In February and March cut back the old flowerheads and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established sedums can have a tendency to flop leaving an open and unsightly centre especially in fertile soil. One technique to help prevent this is the 'Chelsea chop'. During the last week of May (Chelsea Flower Show week) cut one in every three stems back to the ground. This will produce plants that are less lush and flower slightly later.


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