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
Foliage Color,General Height,Form/Habit ,Flower Color
Sedum hispanicum ‘Blue Carpet’
bluish-gray, very short, tiny elongated leaves form dense mat, pinkish-white — late spr
Sedum reflexum ‘Angelina’
yellow, short, bottle brush, yellow — early sum
Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’
blue, short, bottle brush form, yellow — early sum
Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Pork n Beans’
green/red (red in winter), very short, bean-shape leaves form dense mat, yellow — sum
Sedum seboldii ‘October Daphne’
grayish-green-blue w/ red edge, short, round leaves on cascading branches, pink — fall
Sedum seboldii ‘Variegatum’
yellow & green, very short, round leaves on cascading branches, pink — fall
Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’
white, very short, tiny tight plump rosettes, pink — late sum
blue, short, fleshy plump rosettes, yellow — late sum
Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’
green (red in winter), short, round flattened leaves; creeping, magenta — late sum
Sedum spurium ‘Tricolor’
green w/ pinkish-white, short, round flattened leaves; creeping, light pink — late sum
Sempervivum spp. ‘Chicks n Hens’
greens purples grays depending on cultivar, very short, tight rosettes, pink — sum
Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Spiderweb Chicks n Hens’
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.