Dwarf Spanish Stonecrop
Sedum hispanicum 'var. minus'
Dwarf Spanish Stonecrop
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Height: 2 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
A compact groundcover stonecrop with white flowers held atop of blue-green foliage flushed with purple-red; a drought-tolerant perennial that does best in poor soils, an excellent choice for containers, edging and rock gardens
Dwarf Spanish Stonecrop is covered in stunning clusters of white flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive succulent narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color with showy purple variegation and tinges of red throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The creamy white stems can be quite attractive.
Dwarf Spanish Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Dwarf Spanish Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Dwarf Spanish Stonecrop will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Dwarf Spanish Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.