Sedum glaucophyllum (Cliff stonecrop) – Succulent plants
Sedum glaucophyllum is an evergreen perennial, mat-forming, succulent flowering plant forming patches up to 12-16 inches wide. It has attractive succulent foliage forms rosettes of tiny, blue-green leaves. It produces clusters of small, white flowers with four slender, pointed petals. It blooms in spring and summer. The flowers are attracting various pollinators including bees and butterflies. Cliff Stonecrop is an excellent ground cover plant.
Species: S. glaucophyllum
Scientific Name: Sedum glaucophyllum
Common Names: Cliff stonecrop, Silver Frost, and Appalachian Stonecrop.
How to grow and care for Sedum glaucophyllum (Cliff stonecrop)
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.
The Sedum glaucophyllum 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, division, stem cuttings, and leaf 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
Sedum glaucophyllum has 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.