Phedimus spurius 'Dragon's Blood'

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Dragon's Blood Sedum

Dragon's Blood is an old reliable variety of sedum. We had this growing in the old Home Landscape Demonstration Garden, where the new greenhouses are now being built. This mat-forming perennial takes full sun to partial shade. It produces clusters of starry cherry-red blooms in July and August. The tiny leaves, green suffused with burgundy, are less than a quarter-inch in length, toothed and spatulate: narrow at the base and broad at the tip. Each stem reaches about 6-10 inches long, but they will root along the nodes into patches a foot or more across. Older stems may become scraggly and need to be pinched back. Because they are so low-growing, they are suitable for a rock garden or a ground cover for a dry area. Care should be taken that they don't need to compete with taller plants. Native to the Caucasus Mountains, they are hardy to zone 3.

Plant Shape:
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Bloom Time:
July - August
Bloom Color:
Landscape Use:
Bedding or Border
Plant Type:
Hardiness Zone:
3 - 9