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Rosetta Stonecrop

Sedum 'Rosetta'

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Rosetta Stonecrop (Sedum 'Rosetta') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sedum 'Rosetta'

Sedum 'Rosetta'

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Plant Height:  16 inches

Flower Height:  22 inches

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Autumn Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop

Description:

Upright, arching whorls of emerging blue green foliage resemble roses opening; a profuse bloomer that will form a cloud of light pink flowers in late summer and fall; this variety really stands out in the garden when massed in large groupings

Ornamental Features

Rosetta Stonecrop has masses of beautiful clusters of shell pink star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive succulent round leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Rosetta Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading 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 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.

Rosetta Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Rosetta Stonecrop will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 22 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a medium 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.

Rosetta Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. 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  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features