Ice plant

Sedum 'Strawberries and Cream'

Ice plant - Sedum  'Strawberries and Cream'

Common Name: Ice plant
Genus: Sedum
Cultivar: 'Strawberries and Cream'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream, Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: Blue/Green, PurpleFlowering Period: August & September

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

Two-tone rose and cream flowers appear in flattened clusters from midsummer to autumn over clumps of purplish foliage. Succulent-leaved stonecrops are easy to grow and provide long-lasting late colour in hot sunny spots with well-drained soils at the front of the border. They also look quite effective when potted up and placed in a prominent spot on the patio.

  • 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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