Ice plant

Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'

Ice plant - Sedum spectabile  'Brilliant'

Common Name: Ice plant
Genus: Sedum
Species: spectabile
Cultivar: 'Brilliant'

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

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

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: August to November

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

  • Other features: the dried flower-heads provide colour and structure in the winter garden

    Succulent grey-green leaves topped with large flat heads of bright pinkish-mauve flowers in summer. This award-winning ice plant looks great planted in bold drifts towards the front of a sunny well-drained border. A valuable late source of nectar for butterflies and bees the flat flowerheads make attractive dried-flowers.

  • 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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