Stonecrop

Sedum 'Ruby Glow'

Stonecrop - Sedum  'Ruby Glow'

Common Name: Stonecrop
Genus: Sedum
Cultivar: 'Ruby Glow'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Provides winter colour, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.25 m (25 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Green, PurpleFlowering Period: July to September

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

Succulent greenish-purple leaves topped with large flat heads of ruby-red star-shaped flowers from mid-summer to early autumn. This low-growing form of sedum is perfect for softening the front of a sunny well-drained border. Best planted in generous drifts the flowers are a valuable nectar source for butterflies and bees.

  • Garden care: The flowerheads look great left during the winter to add shape and texture to your border. 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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