Caucasian Stonecrop, Two-Row Stonecrop
Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’
Sedum spurium M.Bieb. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Sedum. It was first described as such by Friedrich August Marschall von Bieberstein in Flora Taurico-Caucasica in 1808.
Phedimus spurius (M.Bieb.) ‘t Hart is the accepted name on some databases. It was named and described by Henk ’t Hart in Evolution and Systematics of the Crassulaceae in 1995.
Sedum spurius was one of several Sedum species moved to the newly formed Phedimus genus in 1995. The change was accepted by some databases and not by others. Tropicos and the USDA Plants Database have opted, so far, to accept the Phedimus name. Plants of the World Online are sticking with Sedum spurium as the accepted name. I wonder what Tropicos and the USDA will say “after” and “when” they do an update…
Well, the change was made to reclassify species of the very large Sedum genus into smaller genera according to their similar characteristics. There are no “laws” that say what names have to be used and the curators of any database decide what names they choose. So, since this is my blog, I am sticking with Sedum spurium…
Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ was named after Dr. Jon Creech, former director of the U.S. National Arboretum. Dr. Creech discovered this plant in the Siberian Academ Gorodok Gardens in 1971. The plant was identified by Ray Stephenson in 1971 as a rare, small-leaved, pink-flowered form of Sedum spurium.
I bought this nice Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ from Green Streets Market in 2017. This garden center always has a very nice selection of plants to choose from. This is where I also buy most of the seeds for our garden and where my did for many years before.
I planted this Sedum behind the old cast iron planter in the bed behind next to the foundation of my grandparents old home. The cast iron planter used to be a firebox in an old coal-fired furnace. A good friend of mine and I removed the furnace from a home in the early 1980’s and it has been in this spot ever since.
Origin: The Caucasus
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-9b (-40 to 25° F)
Size: 1/4-1/2” or so tall x 12-24” or so wide
Light: Sun to light shade
In my experience, Sedum does well in a slightly elevated bed or in pots where their soil can drain well. They do NOT like wet feet, especially during the winter months.
As with most “groundcover-type” Sedum, they prefer well-drained soil in sun to light shade. In areas with very hot summers, it is best to grow them where they have some shade during the heat of the day. In this location, Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ receives a good amount of sun all day until late afternoon as the sun passes over the foundation.
The upper leaves of Sedum spurium are evergreen while the lower leaves are deciduous. So, as cooler temperatures come, the lower leaves fall off…
During the winter the leaves turn a nice burgundy color. January 2018 was very cold, even down to -10° F twice the first week. The Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ survived with flying colors…
As the temperatures started warming up and the day-length increased, its leaves started turning green once again.
After another month, it was looking very good!
Leaves along the stems are arranged in two rows, giving this plant one of its common names, Two-Row Stonecrop.
I will continue adding more photos and information as time goes by. Hopefully, it will flower… The Missouri Botanical Garden says it flowers for them in June-July, but Plant Delights says it flowers in the fall. We shall see…
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