Caucasian Stonecrop, Two-Row Stonecrop
Sedum spurium ‘?’
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 another possibility. It was named and described by Henk ’t Hart in Evolution and Systematics of the Crassulaceae in 1995.
In an email from the Senior Content Editor of Kew on August 23 (2018), he said: “As to Sedum, POWO still takes a wide view of the genus because there is not yet an agreed system to deal with it. Most of the research has been done in Europe on European species for which a number of genera have been made but it is unclear how they relate to the Asian and American species. So until this is settled we will retain a large Sedum.”
I brought this unlabeled Sedum home from Wagler’s Greenhouse in May 2015. No matter how many times I tell myself “NO MORE UNLABELED PLANTS” I do it anyway. It is a good thing I don’t say it out loud or I would be wasting my breath. I refer to the saying, “Take my advice, I’m not using it”, to myself. It works pretty good because I keep buying unlabeled plants.
I am almost 100% sure this plant is a Sedum spurium but the cultivar name would still be a mystery. I posted photos on a Facebook Group, actually more than one, and a member suggested it was Sedum ‘Dragon’s Blood’. Sedum ‘Dragon’s Blood’ is a cultivar of Sedum spurium which was developed in Germany under the name ‘Schorbuser (or Schorbusser ) Blut’.
I had also bought a Sedum from Mast’s Greenhouse the same year labeled Sunsparkler ‘Cherry Tart’. That plant just fizzled out and I forgot all about it. Then I ran across the label while I was cleaning out the bed and thought I had figured it out… Then I remembered buying ‘Cherry Tart’ from Mast’s and found the original photo.
This Sedum has done remarkably well and filled this space in the bed behind the foundation of my grandparent’s old house.
While some of the time, most of the leaves are green, there is usually a small red margin. They are in full sun most of the day until very late in the afternoon when the sun passes over the foundation.
I take a lot of photos, especially of this Sedum. It seems I have more photos of this unknown cultivar than of the plants I do know…
I think I take a lot of photos so help with identification although sometimes it just makes one more confused.
There are many things to consider when trying to ID a cultivar after you have identified the species. You have to find out what cultivars were available around the time you purchased the plant. Some cultivars have been popular for MANY years, such as Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’. There is a similar cultivar called ‘Voodoo’…
Sometimes when I buy unlabeled plants it is by accident… After choosing plants from a greenhouse or a garden center, making sure they are labeled, I have accidentally selected a pot that had no label a few times. I have also brought plants from a group of labeled plants only to come home and find the wrong label in the pot I bought. GEEZ!
Wagler’s is an Amish greenhouse, along with three others in the area. Wagler’s seems to be my favorite and we have traded plants many times. I did the same thing with a Pleasant Acres Nursery in Leland, Mississippi when I lived there for a few years. The owner there was a Mennonite. Well, religion has nothing to do with it it just so happens they are Amish and Mennonite. I would rather give my excess plants away than sell them and if I can trade, it is even better. Anyway, any good family-owned greenhouse usually has many plants in their private collection they take cuttings from. As with Wagler’s, many other people bring them plants which they take cuttings or offsets from and sell to their customers. Most of the time the only name they know is the common name.
When I take Wagler’s plants, I always make sure they are labeled, no matter how many I take. It is funny, though, when they sell plants from the plants I take them, they don’t label the pots. GEEZ!
My plant name issue goes way back… I mean WAY back! Well, I was in the mail-order hatchery business and did research on breeds of chickens. I used to collect hatchery catalogs and old poultry books. I did the same with plants. I collected seed and plant catalogs and old gardening books. So, knowing the correct name of plants and their history is important to me. That’s a lot of what I blog about.
This is a great photo taken in July… Cooler temperatures, especially in the evening, are causing this Sedum to change… Sedum spurium has evergreen leaves on the top of their stems and the lower leaves are deciduous… So, when the temps drop, so do their lower leaves. You also notice the color of the leaves and even the stems on this particular cultivar. I have a Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ and the stems didn’t turn red although the leaves did eventually.
January of 2018 was VERY cold. We even had several evenings where the temp went down to -10° F by the wee hours of the morning. The upper leaves remained evergreen (or everred). 🙂
Now, if this is a Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’, would the leaves start showing green as early as April 8?
The other important thing to consider when trying to ID plants, especially Sedum species, is their flowers. Many Sedum species have unique flowers when helps to ID them. I have had this Sedum since 2015 and it has never flowered…
The Sedum spurium ‘?’ is looking very good now after a long winter…
I am running out of words for now…
Ummm… FINALLY! IT HAS BUDS!!!
Well, there aren’t many stems with buds, but I am happy just to have a few.
Despite the heat and dry periods, the Sedum have all done well.
Although mostly leafless, we made it through the winter again. Soon the Sedum will start turning green and start growing. Maybe it will flower more in 2019…
I will continue adding photos and information as time goes by.
I am almost 100% certain this Sedum is Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’, so part of the links below are for that cultivar.
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.