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Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop

Sedum spathulifolium 'Purpureum'

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Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium 'Purpureum') at Roger's Gardens

Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop foliage

Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop foliage

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Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Spoon-leaved Stonecrop, Gormania spathulifolia

Description:

This well-behaved stonecrop species is an excellent edging or rock garden plant particularly for hot dry sites; features a low, slow spreading carpet of reddish-purple and silver leaves; bright yellow flowers make a lovely summer display

Ornamental Features

Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop is bathed in stunning yellow star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its attractive tiny succulent round leaves emerge silvery blue in spring, turning grayish green in color with showy burgundy variegation and tinges of silver the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Purple Broadleaf Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features