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Dragon’s Blood Sedum: Red Margined Leaves Become Brilliantly Red In Autumn

Dragon’s Blood Sedum: Red Margined Leaves Become Brilliantly Red In Autumn

Dragon's Blood Sedum

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Sedum spurium ‘Schorbuser Blut’, or dragon’s blood sedum is a short herbaceous semi-evergreen ground cover that has small, scalloped purple tinted green leaves which form a durable, evergreen, succulent, weed-smothering ground cover (procumbent mat growth habit, becoming a prostrate mat in Winter ) that is just 4-inches tall. Those gorgeous red margined green leaves become brilliantly red with cool autumn temperatures. Leaves are opposite (or clustered at the stem apices), obovate (fan-shaped), crenate, and sessile to short-petioled. It is a fine selection for spotting into rock walls and is also a great choice for modern style compositions in spare geometric containers or grouped with other graphic succulents. It is perfect for troughs, containers, and alpine gardens.

Small dark pink flowers which rise to 6-inches create a bright layer of color over the lush carpet of foliage in fall. Flowers are red, pink, or pinkish-white, flowering profusely for two to four weeks in June and July, especially on mature plants that are under a moderate amount of stress (or put another way, those that have it “good” in terms of soil, moisture, and nutrition tend to have predominantly lush vegetative growth rather than reproductive growth). Flowers are erect inflorescences that occur above the foliage, with the vertical peduncles radiating flat-topped pedicels at the apex, bejeweled with many five-petaled, star-like flowers.

How To Make Your Dragon’s Blood Sedum Thrive

Dragon’s blood sedum performs best in full sun in moist, well-drained soils.  It is extremely urban tolerant, and is usually reserved for highly stressful sites around rockery that exposes it to thin soils, poor soils, very dry soils, soils of various pH, low fertility, extreme heat, drought, full sun, and high light reflectance.  The one caution is that it is not tolerant of wet or poorly drained soils. The best flowering is in full sun, but it will tolerate light shade and still look good. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established it is drought tolerant.  You will want to cut this plant to the ground in fall.

General Dragon’s Blood Sedum Information

Pests and Diseases

No diseases or pests of significance.

Propagation

Dragon’s blood sedum can easily be propagated  by stem cuttings, by crown division, or segmentation of the self-rooted prostrate stems.

Garden Uses

Dragon’s blood sedum is one of the best creepers for rock gardens. It spills beautifully over edges of retaining walls, as well as over the sides of a pot. It integrates well into well drained soils with more traditional cold hardy perennials. Dragon’s blood sedum takes on a wholly different character when woven into geometric modern compositions. This plant is stunning when placed in a stone trough. I have them planted in large abalone shells. It will absolutely thrive in any sort of pot or container adding texture, and color.

Additional Information

  • Plant Type: Herbaceous semi-evergreen
  • Plant Height: 6 inches
  • Plant Spread: 2 feet
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 9
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Light Exposure: Full to partial sun
  • Water Requirements: Once established, needs only occasional watering
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Special Features: Dramatic foliage, easy care

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2 Comments

  1. Pretty…. I do have one sedum, but don’t know what kind it is…. Michelle

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