Old Man’s Bones Stonecrop
Tough yet delightful, beloved by butterflies and bees, these succulent perennials flourish even in lean and mean soils. The blooms assert a decidedly horizontal element to the garden as long lasting, flat umbels of starry flowers emerge from buds in broccolilike clusters. Supported by stout, sturdy stems, the blooms mature through a range of colors, extending the visual delight well into winter.
Asking only for good drainage along with an occasional sip of water, Sedums are durable, reliable and almost maintenance-free.
It’s a wee stretch of the imagination, but maybe some of you will see the resemblance between the slightly rounded and closely stacked, short, chubby succulent leaves and an elderly gent’s vertebrae. Curious-looking dark green leaves craft a dense low creeping mat that attractively flushes red, purple and bronze tones in hot sun or cold weather. Brightened by clusters of starry yellow flowers, this distinctive tough-as-nails Sedum tantalizes butterflies, blankets the rockery or infills steps and endures drought once established.
Size: 4" high x 8" – 12" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’
- Sedum ‘Carl’
- Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’
- Sedum ‘Matrona’
- Sedum ‘Mr. Goodbud’
- Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’
- Sedum spectabile ‘Indian Chief’
- Sedum spectabile ‘Neon’
- Sedum spectabile ‘Septemberglut’
- Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’
- Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’
- Sedum telephium ‘Emperor’s Wave’
- Sedum telephium ssp. ruprechtii ‘Hab Gray’
- Sedum telephium ‘Karfunkelstein’
- Sedum telephium ‘Munstead Red’
- Sedum telephium ‘Red Cauli’