perennial

Japanese Stonecrop

Sedum cauticola

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Japanese Stonecrop (Sedum cauticola) at Sargent's Gardens

Japanese Stonecrop foliage

Japanese Stonecrop foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  2 inches

Flower Height:  4 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Description:

This Japanese native is perfect for the rock garden; a compact species with stunning blue-green foliage, pink stems and bears mounds of fuchsia toned flowers in fall; perfect for massed presentations and containers

Ornamental Features

Japanese Stonecrop is blanketed in stunning fuchsia star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to late fall. Its attractive succulent round leaves emerge silvery blue in spring, turning bluish-green in color with distinctive purple edges throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The rose stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Japanese Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Japanese Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Japanese Stonecrop will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Japanese Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features