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Sedum_spectabile - Boreau.

Common Name Ice Plant
Family Crassulaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Valleys, rocky cliffs and damp places along woodlands[147].
Range E. Asia - China, Korea, Manchuria.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Sedum_spectabile Ice Plant


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Sedum_spectabile is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from September to October, and the seeds ripen from October to November. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Hylotelephium spectabile. (Boreau.)H.Ohba.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Leaves - raw or cooked[105]. The leaves are very mucilaginous but have a fairly bland flavour[K].

Medicinal Uses

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The plant is antiphlogistic, depurative, sialagogue[147].

Other Uses

Plants can be grown as a ground cover when planted about 30cm apart each way[208].

Cultivation details

A very easily grown and tolerant plant, it succeeds in most soils[188] but prefers a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Tolerates poor soils[233]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200], they can also tolerate considerable neglect, surviving even in the dense growth of weeds[K]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. This species has pink flowers[200]. All members of this genus are said to have edible leaves, though those species that have yellow flowers can cause stomach upsets if they are eaten in quantity[62, 85]. The flowers have a honey-like smell similar to Buddleias[245]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are some named varieties[187]. The flowers are very attractive to bees and lepidoptera[30]. Plants in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow in spring in well-drained soil in a sunny position in a greenhouse. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If sufficient growth is made, it is possible to plant them out during the summer, otherwise keep them in a cold-frame or greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in early summer of the following year[K]. Division is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though is probably best done in spring or early summer. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer. Cuttings at almost any time in the growing season. Very easy, even a single leaf will produce roots and form a new plant.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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