Sedum Back in Black
Sedum 'Back in Black' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens


New to the ROCK 'N GROW® collection, 'Back in Black' is an upright Sedum with near black leaves. Enjoy the dark leaf foliage throughout the summer, and when late summer rolls around, flowers with deep garnet red centers and cream petals will appear. Great for adding a dark colour to the middle of the border!  

Tall, upright sedums form substantial clumps of foliage which can be substituted for shrubs in the landscape. Their stout, sturdy stems support the massive flower heads which develop in summer and burst into bloom in fall. If left standing, they provide winter interest and food for birds.


  • Height: 51-61 cm (20-24 in)
  • Spread: 66-76 cm (26-30 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-9
  • Sun or Shade: Minimum 6 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: early fall
  • Leaf Colour: near black
  • Bloom Colour: red and yellow
  • Critter Resistance: rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Sedum is one of the most popular perennials grown in North American gardens because it is very easy to grow and so hardy. Because of its thick, succulent leaves which can store water, sedum is drought tolerant. It should be sited in average to poor soil that is well-drained. Plants grown in rich soil tend to be lanky and open. A minimum of 4 hours of direct sun is recommended.
Divide sedum every 3-4 years to maintain its compact growth habit. Older plants tend to split in the center if they have not been divided. Pinching the taller varieties back by half in early summer will also help prevent them from splitting. This plant is not usually bothered by pests or diseases. The seed heads provide excellent winter interest and food for birds. Remove them in spring when the new growth begins to show.


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