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.

Plants of the World Online by Kew list 357 accepted species of Sedum. However, for some strange reason when I first started using their website, Sedum adolphii wasn’t on the list. It isn’t listed on the Sedum page on the Wikipedia nor in the USDA Plants Database. Version 1.1 of The Plant List (last updated September 2013), Tropicos, Llifle (Encyclopedia of Living Forms), Daiv Freeman’s SucculentGuide, Dave’s Garden, etc. say Sedum adolphii is an accepted name and has been since 1912. The Plant List is no longer maintained.

When I updated this page on August 13, 2018, the number of accepted species of Sedum on Plants of the World Online has increased to 361.

I sent the senior content editor Kew an email to see if he would elaborate on why Sedum adolphii is not on their list of accepted species. He always replies. He said he would look into it and now Sedum adolphii is on the list of accepted species.


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 additional grit and pumice or perlite.
Water: Average. Water regularly during the growing period, barely in the winter.


<<<<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 can’t find it locally so I use 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 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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