|Sedum cauticola 'Lidakense'; photo by Todd Boland|
- Description and general information
- Sedum cauticola is also known as Hylotelephium cauticolum. It is native to Hokkaido, Japan. This mounding species has partially prostrate stems that reach 15-20 cm. The blue-green, succulent leaves are somewhat rounded with shallowly toothed margins. In late summer, through fall, the stems are terminated by a flattened cluster of numerous, star-like, pink flowers. The cultivar 'Lidakense' is more popular than the species, mainly due to its purple-gray foliage and purple-pink flowers. In winter, this species dies back to a cluster of tiny overwintering rosettes. It is rated hardy to zone 4.
- Like the majority of Sedum, this species requires full sun and well-drained soils. Neutral to alkaline soil is best. It is very drought-tolerant. Sedum cauticola is ideal for screes and alpine troughs.
- Bloom period
- September through October
- This species is easily propagated by seed, cuttings and division.
- The seed is very fine and should be surface sown on a well-drained media. No stratification is required.
- Division is best done early in the season but can be done anytime in the growing season. Plants are easily pulled apart.
- Mid-summer cuttings root with abandon. No hormones are required. If moist soil can be maintained outside, then cuttings can be directly rooted in the garden. Otherwise, root them in a loose, well-drained mix such as perlite, sand and a little peat/soil.
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Created by Todd Boland.
Last Modification: Thursday 03 of March, 2011 12:38:00 CST by Todd Boland.
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