Spoon-Leaved Stonecrop, Broad-Leaved Stonecrop, Pacific Stonecrop, Etc.
Sedum spathulifolium subsp. pruinosum ‘Cape Blanco’
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Sedum spathulifolium Hook. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Sedum. It was named and described by William Jackson Hooker in Flora Boreali-Americana in 1832.
Sedum spathulifolium subsp. pruinosum (Britton) R.T.Clausen & C.H.Uhl is the correct and accepted name for this subspecies of Sedum spathulifolium. It was named and described by Robert Theodore Clausen and Charles Harrison Uhl in Madroño in 1944. It had previously been named and described as Sedum pruinosum Britton by Nathaniel Lord Britton in North American Flora in 1905.
I bought this nice Sedum spathulifolium subsp. pruinosum ‘Cape Blanco’ from Elizabeth Li through the Facebook group Cheap Cactus and Succulents on April 6, 2018. She shipped from California on Monday the 9th and it arrived on Friday the 13th. She said she had other plants but most were Echeveria. Although I really like Echeveria, I have issues with some species over the winter. I did buy a Kalanchoe marmorata from her, too. Both plants arrived safe and sound and were well-rooted.
Sedum spathulifolium is native from British Columbia in Canada down to California and into the Sierra in Nevada. Sedum spathulifolium subsp. pruinosum ‘Cape Blanco’ has tiny spoon-shaped leaves, forming rosettes at the ends of the stems. The green leaves have a chalky appearance making them look kind of a silvery-greenish-gray. They produce fragrant yellow to yellow-green flowers in May through July.
Origin: Western North America
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-9b(-40 to 25° F)*
Size: About 6” tall
Water: Average. Drought tolerant.
*Although Dave’s Garden says this plant is hardy in USDA Zones 3a to 9b, I would not go that far, Most other websites claim down to -10° F, which would be zone 6a. I live in zone 6a…
Since I just bought this plant, I have no experiences to share. Information from Llifle (Encyclopedia of Living Forms) says they are an easy to grow plants in containers or rock gardens. It says they are drought and sun tolerant but also do well in the shade.
They like regular watering during the growing period, but the soil should dry out between watering. Llifle says “they can take a great deal of drought but do better with regular (moderate) watering and it is best to refrain from watering until the rootball has dried out completely. During the winter months, plants are watered very little. Its succulent leaves will store enough water to survive for a long time.”
Llifle further states “It needs full sun to light shade… but a sunny spot is nicest, though in warmer climates it needs protection from too much sun because it is not very heat tolerant.”
So, we shall see. I can probably take several cuttings and try them in different locations, as well as keep a few in pots. I can bring pots inside for the winter and see how they do inside. You just never know… The only Sedum I have any luck with inside has been Sedum adolphii…
I will keep adding photos and information as time goes by.
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