Dragon’s Blood Sedum – Succulent plants
Dragon’s Blood Sedum is an attractive, perennial, low-growing, ground-hugging, mat-forming stonecrop that growing up to 4-6 inches tall. It has thick, flattened, rounded, green succulent leaves tinged with wine red margins in summer and is toothed or lobed near the tips. It produces gorgeous, star-shaped pink flower clusters that are borne just above the foliage. The leaves will turn gorgeous dark red in the fall.
Species: S. spurium
Scientific Name: Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’
Synonyms: Sedum spurium ‘Schorbuser Blut’
Common Names: Dragon’s Blood Sedum
How to grow and care for Dragon’s Blood Sedum
It requires full sun to light shade. Two to four hours of afternoon sunlight is best for the plant. South-facing windows are ideal or west, north-facing will not encourage growth.
It grows best in Well-draining, poor soils, sand, rock gardens, and rich garden soil, under a variety of light levels. Use 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts coarse sand, 2 parts peat, and 1 part perlite or crushed charcoal.
It Prefers an ideal temperature between 65°F – 75°F / 18°C – 25°C during summer. Temperature no lower than 50 °F – 55°F / 10°F – 12.7°C is best. It does best in hotter conditions. Try not to keep the plant outside in freezing temperatures.
Dragon’s Blood Sedum plant needs more water in the spring and summer, but you can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter season, reduce watering.
Fertilize once a month with a diluted liquid fertilizer or use a slow-releasing nitrogen-based fertilizer, during the spring and summer season.
It can be easily propagated by seed and stem cuttings. you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily. Or Cut off leaves from the stem, let them dry, and then place the cutting into the soil. Keep the potting soil moist until the cutting begins to grow.
Re-pot your plant every year or every two years. As the plant grows, you should move it to a wider pot so the new stems and roots have enough room to develop. Repotting is best done during spring.
Pests and Diseases
It has is no serious pests or disease issues. Watch for aphids and flies. You can dispose of them by spraying insecticidal soap or neem oil over the foliage.