Showy Stonecrop – Succulent plants
Showy Stonecrop is a dense, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It has thick, upright, unbranched stems bearing broadly elliptic, grey-green leaves. The Flat-topped, star-like white flower heads are produced from mid-summer to autumn. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. Showy Stonecrop is best suited for beds, borders, and containers in a sunny position. All parts may cause mild stomach upset if ingested, contact with sap may irritate existing skin allergies.
Scientific Name: Sedum spectabile ‘Stardust’
Synonyms: Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Stardust’
Common Names: Ice plant ‘Stardust’, Showy Stonecrop, Stardust Stonecrop.
How to grow and care for Showy 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.
Showy Stonecrop 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 division or by stem cuttings from spring to mid-summer.
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.