A plant that will grow anywhere,
And give you tons of variety too.
Sedums are a fascinating group of plants. Most of them will grow in almost every climate, but new Sedum ‘Petrified’ adds benefits that most don’t.
While all sedum plants morph into full beauty with the arrival of fall, the majority of them don’t do anything real interesting beyond increase in size from spring through late summer. Granted, some will sprout one color in spring and darken to a different color of foliage as the days grow longer and warmer. Yet, here’s a super drought tolerant, and heat tolerant plant that really stands out from the crowd.
Love the name bestowed on it. Like ‘Petrified’ doesn’t necessarily need to mean dried out and dead. It’s more like a one word description of something ancient preserved for eternity. A fitting title for a perennial whose family was once commonly known as ‘forever plant’. An apropos nombre, because it’s really hard to kill a sedum, unless you plant it in a swamp. Go ahead. Tromp all over it. Let the dog dig a cooling hole right where you planted it. Wherever a little piece of the stem comes in contact with the soil, you’ll have a new plant developing in spring.
But Sedums tend to be predominantly green or purple leaved. Petrified, on the other hand starts off a silvered-gray with bronze stems and highlights. As summer progresses the bronze deepens giving you more of a maroon or burgundy stem and frosting along the margin of every leaf. In itself this brings your planting some new interest, but the decorative development is just the beginning. As the flower heads develop, all the foliage will continually change from gray to maroon. The blooms are a bi-colored pink, creating a rather arresting display. Late fall color of the entire plant is rich, deep maroon.
It’s hard to find a plant that delivers so much change and interest in one small spot. Normally, we rely on ‘seasonal annuals’ to accomplish something like this. A practice that can get expensive and is very high maintenance. Sedums on the other hand are highly sustainable ornamental plants, whether your garden is a container, or covers half of the backyard.
The leaves on this succulent are so cool, I wouldn’t care if it never flowered! If you haven’t started collecting sedums yet, it’s high time you started. They are awesome! It’s an addiction that once started is hard to break – kind of like Heucheras, Echinaceas, and Hostas. But you’ll never find a sedum self-sowing itself all over your garden. They don’t need deadheading to maintain their good looks either, and they really have no pest problems grown outdoors, plus those troublesome rabbits and deer usually don’t find them tasty. Additionally, except for solid clay, you won’t need to amend your soil -sedums will do well even in very sandy soil as long as they have good drainage.
Sedum ‘Petrified’ is way cool. While many sedums have a tight ‘cauliflower head’ shape, Petrified is more loosely formed, yet doesn’t fall apart and flop all over. The sedum family is cold and heat tolerant with most cultivars being hardy in zones 4-9, though there are those that dig the heat farther south, and others that will only deal with the winter temps as far north as zone 5.
Keep your eyes open for this recent newcomer to the perennial scene. At the time of this post this hybrid was so hot off the press that no mail order nursery has it listed online. A situation that will no doubt change soon. The plant is and Intrinsic Introduction from Intrinsic Perennial Gardens.
Trademark & Nomenclature
Sedum x Petrified