Sedum sieboldii
photo of Sedum sieboldii courtesy of Walters Gardens

October Daphne

Sedum sieboldii is often described as having the most beautiful foliage and form of all sedums. It is a low, spreading species that forms a rounded mound, sending out horizontal branches from the central crown. The small round, blue-green leaves are borne in 3s around the stems and each leaf is narrowly outlined in deep pink. During the hot summer months, the pink edge intensifies. In early fall, bright pink, star-shaped flowers are borne in small clusters at the ends of the stems. One of the most beautiful features of this perennial is its fall color. When grown in full sun the foliage turns beautiful shades of pink, red, yellow, and orange. Often, the plant is still flowering when its fall coloring begins to appear. This versatile plant can be used as a small-scale groundcover, as an edger, in rock gardens, or tucked into cracks in a rock wall. It also pairs well with other fall flowering perennials in containers.

  • Height: 15-25 cm (6-10 in)
  • Spread: 30- 45 cm (12-18 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: fall
  • Leaf Colour: blue green edged pink
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Sedums are "plant and forget" perennials. Because of their ability to store water in their thick succulent leaves they are very drought tolerant. They do well in average well drained soil in full sun to light shade. Do not add extra organic material because this will make the plants open and floppy.