Ice plant

Sedum spectabile 'Stardust'

Ice plant - Sedum spectabile  'Stardust'

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

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

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

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

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


Succulent grey-green leaves topped with large flat white flower-heads in summer. This wonderful white-flowered ice plant is a valuable late source of nectar for butterflies and bees. Occasionally producing the pink flowers of its parent Sedum spectabile it looks great planted in bold drifts towards the front of a sunny well-drained border.

  • 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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