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Sunset Cloud Stonecrop

Sedum 'Sunset Cloud'

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Sunset Cloud Stonecrop (Sedum 'Sunset Cloud') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sedum 'Sunset Cloud' flowers

Sedum 'Sunset Cloud' flowers

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Sunset Cloud Stonecrop (Sedum 'Sunset Cloud') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sedum 'Sunset Cloud'

Sedum 'Sunset Cloud'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sunset Cloud Stonecrop (Sedum 'Sunset Cloud') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sedum 'Sunset Cloud' foliage

Sedum 'Sunset Cloud' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Autumn Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop

Description:

This low, spreading variety produces emerging gray-green foliage that becomes purplish; rose-red blooms cover each plant in early fall; a drought-tolerant perennial that does best in poor soils, an excellent choice for fall color in the garden border

Ornamental Features

Sunset Cloud Stonecrop has masses of beautiful clusters of rose star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive succulent oval leaves emerge grayish green in spring, turning purple in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sunset Cloud Stonecrop is an herbaceous 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.

Sunset Cloud Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Sunset Cloud Stonecrop will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. 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.

Sunset Cloud 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features