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Chocolate Drop Stonecrop

Sedum 'Chocolate Drop'

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Chocolate Drop Stonecrop (Sedum 'Chocolate Drop') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sedum 'Chocolate Drop' foliage

Sedum 'Chocolate Drop' foliage

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Chocolate Drop Stonecrop (Sedum 'Chocolate Drop') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sedum 'Chocolate Drop'

Sedum 'Chocolate Drop'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Chocolate Drop Stonecrop (Sedum 'Chocolate Drop') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sedum 'Chocolate Drop' flowers

Sedum 'Chocolate Drop' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Autumn Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop

Description:

An exceptional perennial featuring rich chocolaty-brown foliage all season long and showy rose-pink flowers that emerge from lavender buds in summer; incredibly showy in a mass planting, prefers poor soils and dry conditions

Ornamental Features

Chocolate Drop Stonecrop has masses of beautiful clusters of rose star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive lavender flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive large succulent round leaves emerge burgundy in spring, turning dark brown in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The deep purple stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Chocolate Drop Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

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.

Chocolate Drop Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Chocolate Drop Stonecrop will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. 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.

Chocolate Drop Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. 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  Texture  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features