Sedum adolphii-Golden Sedum

The Sedum adolphii (Golden Sedum) after I brought it home on 8-25-12, #116-47.

Golden Sedum

Sedum adolphii

SEE-dum   ad-OL-fee-eye


Sedum nussbaumerianum

SEE-dum  nuss-baw-mer-AH-uh

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.

This species is commonly sold under the name Sedum nussbaumerianum which is a synonym of Sedum adolphii. It was named and described by Friedrich August Georg Bitter in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin in 1923.

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 by Kew list 458 accepted species of Sedum. It is a member of the Crassulaceae Family with 36 genera. Those are the numbers as of 11-16-20 when I am updating this page. Those numbers could change as updates are made. 

There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading.

Top view of the Sedum adolphii on 8-25-12, #116-48.

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).


The Sedum adolphii at 3″ tall x 5″ wide on 11-23-12, #131-36.

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.


Sedum adolphii on 2-17-13, #139-56.


Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Mexico
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.

You can read my Cactus Talk & Update and Cactus & Succulent Tips to get my opinion about growing cactus and succulents.

<<<<2013 NOW IN MISSOURI>>>>

Sedum adolphii on 4-9-13, #142-29.

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.


Sedum adolphii on 6-1-13, #151-66.

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.


Sedum adolphii on 7-30-13, #165-54.

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.


Sedum adolphii on 8-23-13, #178-85.

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. 


Sedum adolphii on 10-7-13, #193-75.

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.


Sedum adolphii on 12-7-13, #208-46.

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.


Sedum adolphii on 6-1-14, #228-73.

Back outside for the summer in the same area as in 2013.


Sedum adolphii leaf cuttings on 7-12-14, #231-79.

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.


Sedum adolphii on 7-12-14, #231-80.

I gave up most of my plants after the above photo was taken in 2014 then I had to start over again.


Sedum adolphii on 6-24-17, #349-73.

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…


Sedum adolphii on 7-30-18, #488-19.

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…


Sedum adolphii in its new pot on 8-13-18, #496-6.

So, on August 8, I put the Sedum adolphii in a new pot.


Sedum adolphii on 8-29-18, #501-3.

The Sedum adolphii seems to be very happy now…


Sedum adolphii on 10-10-19, #519-63.

Summer was over and once again I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter on October 10.


Sedum adolphii on 5-5-19, #566-63.

Winter was over and I was glad to be able to move the plants back outside for the summer.


Sedum adolphii on 6-16-19, #591-39.



Sedum adolphii on 10-11-19, #639-85.

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 (Golden Sedum) on 10-15-20, #747-96.

I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter on October 15 because an “F” was in the forecast. As always, I took photographs as I moved them inside and measured the cactus and part of the succulents. I don’t usually measure Sedum adolphii because it is a sprawler. It did very well over the summer and is now inside on a shelf in front of a south-facing window for the winter.


Sedum adolphii (Golden Sedum) on 10-15-20, #747-97.

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.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant.


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