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Sedum spathulifolium 'Purpureum'
  • RHS AGM

purple spoon-leaved stonecrop

'Purpureum' is a mat-forming evergreen perennial to 10cm in height, with fleshy reddish-purple leaves 1-2cm in length, the inner ones bloomed white. Flowers bright yellow, in small, flattish terminal clusters

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple White
Summer Yellow Purple White
Autumn Purple White
Winter Purple White
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Crassulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Sedum may be annuals or herbaceous or evergreen perennials with succulent stems and leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped flowers in summer or autumn

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. Suitable for rock garden or the front of a border

Propagation

Propagate by seed or division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Garden edging
Pruning

Cut back after flowering to maintain shape

Pests

May be damaged by slugs, snails and vine weevil

Diseases

May be subject to root rot

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