Sedum adolphii Raym.-Hamet is the correct and accepted name for this species of Sedum. It was named and described by Raymond-Hamet in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin in 1912.
The genus, Sedum L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753. Plants of the World Online currently list 456 accepted species when I am updating this page on 1-4-20. There were 550 accepted species when I last updated on June 8, 2019, when I am updating this page. Version 1.1 of The Plant List (not maintained since 2013) listed 392 accepted species plus 29 infraspecific names, a total of 655 synonyms, and 429 names yet to be assessed. The number of accepted species will continue to change. There are other databases but I think Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most up-to-date.
I bought my first Sedum adolphii from Lowe’s or Wal-Mart in Greenville, Mississippi in 2012 while I was living at the mansion in Leland. I bought several other succulents including a very similar Sedum nussbaumerianum (Copper Stonecrop).
I always liked Sedum and living at the mansion in Mississippi allowed me a chance to try so many. There were several sunrooms where I could overwinter plants inside that weren’t cold-hardy there. The Sedum adolphii is definitely the brightest Sedum I have ever grown.
Zones: USDA Zones 9-11 (20 to 40° F)
Size: 6-12” tall
Light: Sun to light shade
*Soil: Well-drained. Potting soil amended with pumice or perlite and grit.
Water: Average. Water regularly during the growing period, barely in the winter.
*There are a lot of potting soil recipes online and many people develop their own with experience and what is readily available. Read the ingredients on the bag and always start with a base of a reliable brand name potting soil. I always use either Miracle Grow or Schultz Potting soil because I can buy it in large bags. They also offer cactus soil in smaller bags with similar ingredients. I used 2 parts potting soil with 1 part additional pumice and 1 part chicken grit. After reading that cactus and succulent enthusiasts were recommending pumice in place of perlite and grit, I decided to try. So, since late in 2018 I purchased a bag of pumice online from General Pumice. I have been using a combination of about 50% potting soil and 50% pumice with favorable results.
<<<<2013 NOW IN MISSOURI>>>>
When I moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013, I had to give up several hundred plants. I did bring most of my succulents and many other plants including this Sedum adolphii.
All Sedums require well-draining soil. Sedum grown in pots can be placed in potting soil that you may want to amend with additional grit (chicken grit) and pumice or perlite. Many cactus and succulent growers recommend pumice over perlite but I couldn’t find it locally so I used perlite.
It was very good to see the Sedum adolphii had a new offset. Many times I don’t notice what the plants are doing until I take photos. It is easy to get busy doing other things on the farm, the garden, and flower beds and take for granted the potted plants are fine.
Sedums do very well in full sun to light shade. Some even do just fine in more shade. My Sedum adolphii was on a table behind the shed where it received a good amount of morning sun then part to light shade after that.
I always give my cactus and succulents water at the same time as the other potted plants although I usually just lightly go over them. I only water them once in a while they are inside for the winter.
The Sedum adolphii grew a lot over the summer of 2013 for sure. Once temps started getting to cool for them to be outside in October I had to bring the potted plants inside.
Back outside for the summer in the same area as in 2013.
Sedum are easily propagated leaf and stem cutting and by division. It is best to make divisions in the spring for plants grown in the ground so their roots can become established well by fall.
I gave up most of my plants after the above photo was taken in 2014 then I had to start over again.
I found another Sedum adolphii in 2016. For some reason, I didn’t manage it well but it survived the neglect… I’m not sure why I kept overlooking this plant. I kept telling it I knew it needed some work but I didn’t…
It survived the winter inside and I promised it I would re-pot it if it did well during the summer. Well, it did better…
So, on August 8, I put the Sedum adolphii in a new pot.
The Sedum adolphii seems to be very happy now…
Summer was over and once again I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter on October 10.
Winter was over and I was glad to be able to move the plants back outside for the summer.
I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter on October 11 because an “F” was in the forecast. All the plants did very well over the summer and Sedum adolphii was looking GREAT! Hard to believe this is the same plant was almost down to nothing in 2017.
Sedum adolphii is very easy to grow and does well in pots inside and out. It prefers bright light but even does OK in light shade. Water very sparingly over the winter. It is very easy to propagate from both stem and leaf cuttings. Just let the stem or leaves scab over for about 7 days before you put them in the soil to root.
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