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

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
Spathulifolium ’Carnea’
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

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

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

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