There are soooooo many sedums (and sempervivums) out there, and new cultivars come on the market all the time. I can’t possibly assemble a list that will stay current, or one that will not boggle the brain. So I have selected 12 sedum (stonecrop) and sempervivum (chicks ‘n’ hens) cultivars that illustrate the huge variation of leaf colors and shapes; and flower colors and bloom times. I’ve got some blue, some green, some yellow, some red; some early blooming, others bloom later; some spiky and leggy, others dense and round.

If you plant these as a collection or along with other creepers like thyme, moss and other ‘Steppables’, it would create what I call a tapestry. Those of you who know me, know how I do love my creeping tapestry ground covers. :-)

As with most sedums and sempervivums, they are best suited for full sun. But I have had success growing many in part shade situations as well. They may not bloom as well, and may be leggier, but that could work with other plants to create an interesting look.

For SUNNIER Situations

[table caption=”” width=”600″ colwidth=”120|100|80|300″ colalign=”left|left|left|left”] Cultivar Botanical Name[attr colspan="4"]
Foliage Color,General Height,Form/Habit ,Flower Color
Sedum hispanicum ‘Blue Carpet’[attr colspan="4"]
bluish-gray, very short, tiny elongated leaves form dense mat, pinkish-white — late spr

Sedum reflexum ‘Angelina’[attr colspan="4"]
yellow, short, bottle brush, yellow — early sum

Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’[attr colspan="4"]
blue, short, bottle brush form, yellow — early sum

Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Pork n Beans’[attr colspan="4"]
green/red (red in winter), very short, bean-shape leaves form dense mat, yellow — sum

Sedum seboldii ‘October Daphne’[attr colspan="4"]
grayish-green-blue w/ red edge, short, round leaves on cascading branches, pink — fall

Sedum seboldii ‘Variegatum’[attr colspan="4"]
yellow & green, very short, round leaves on cascading branches, pink — fall

Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’[attr colspan="4"]
white, very short, tiny tight plump rosettes, pink — late sum

Spathulifolium ’Carnea’[attr colspan="4"]
blue, short, fleshy  plump rosettes, yellow — late sum

Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’[attr colspan="4"]
green (red in winter), short, round flattened leaves; creeping, magenta — late sum

Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’[attr colspan="4"]
green w/ pinkish-white, short, round flattened leaves; creeping, light pink  — late sum

Sempervivum spp. ‘Chicks n Hens’[attr colspan="4"]
greens purples grays depending on cultivar, very short, tight rosettes, pink — sum

Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Spiderweb Chicks n Hens’[attr colspan="4"]
green / white webbing, short, tight rosettes w/ spider webbing, pink — sum [/table]

*Alternate foliage color usually during winter (in parentheses).

For information on understanding and using these plant lists see The Guide.