Sedum mexicanum-Mexican Sedum

Sedum mexicanum on 4-15-12, #86-67.

Mexican Sedum

Sedum mexicanum

See-dum  meks-sih-KAY-num

Sedum mexicanum Britton is the correct and accepted name for this species of Sedum. It was named and described by Nathaniel Lord Britton in the Bulletin of the New York Botanical Garden in 1899.

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 lists 456 accepted species of Sedum (as of 2-18-21 when I last updated this page). It is a member of the plant family Crassulaceae with 36 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.

THERE ARE A FEW LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING.

Sedum mexicanum on 6-2-12, #95-45.

This Sedum mexicanum was given to me by my good friend and fellow plant collector, Walley Morse, or Greenville, Mississippi in the spring of 2012. My thanks to Margrit Bischofberger of the International Crassulaceae Network for giving me the proper ID in 2013. I really liked this nice Sedum because of their nice narrow light green leaves and their softness.

 USEFUL INFORMATION:
Family: Crassulaceae.
Origin: Umm. Possibly Mexico. Exact origin is unknown.
Zones: USDA Zones 7b-10b (5 to 35° F).
Size: 6” or so tall.
Light: Sun to part shade. Prefers filtered light.
Soil: Well-drained.
Water: Average. Appreciates regular watering.

Although many sites say that Sedum mexicanum is a native of Mexico, its exact origin is unknown. Specimens of this plant were found in several other countries before specimens from Mexico were obtained and named. The species more closely resemble species from Asia and the East than those from Mexico.

Sedum mexicanum is best grown in filtered light and also likes moist soil. They are great in mixed containers and window boxes.

Sedum mexicanum produces yellow flowers in the spring through early summer. They grow around 6” tall, but their sprawling stems grow 8-12” long and take root along the leaf nodes. This makes this Sedum an excellent ground cover.

I brought some of this plant with me when I moved from Mississippi back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013. It is not cold hardy here, so I no longer have this plant…

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.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS)

INTERNATIONAL CRASSULACEAE NETWORK
DAVE’S GARDEN
THE NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION
LEARN 2 GROW

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