Sedum is a decorative autumn perennial with dense flower shades of pink and purple.
The fat leaf comes into its own in late summer, when many other plants have already faded or are fading. The perennial is also known as stonecrop or wall pepper. It belongs to the thick-leaf family. One of the most beautiful species is high fat-leaf 'matrona'. The flowering season lasts from August to October. The flowering umbels are very eye-catching. The umbels are densely branched and consist of many small individual flowers. They have short stems and stand close together. With time they take on a crimson red and are very bright. The flowers not only look beautiful, they also magically attract butterflies and bees that feast on the nectar. The withered seed stalks are also highly decorative during the winter.
High fat leaf
Broadleaf plants are also known for their striking foliage. The oval-shaped leaves are thick and fleshy. They serve as a water reservoir and provide the thick-leaved plants with water during prolonged drought. The summer-green plant grows between 30 and 50 centimetres tall. The fat leaf grows upright and spreading. The fat leaf usually forms a compact clump. The stems are sturdy and densely branched. They bear the numerous flower umbrellas.
Thick-leafed plants are versatile and uncomplicated.
This perennial should not be missing from any naturalistic or cottage garden. High fat leaf is virtually a classic in the perennial bed. It decorates beds, rockery, planters and borders. Sedum is also suitable for edging dry stone walls or roofs. It is a striking solitary plant, but is even more effective when planted in groups. Tall fat leaf also plays a role in floristry, for example in flower arrangements. This autumn perennial is hardly any work at all. Cut back the plant only in spring, as the dry leaf stalks give the garden bed structure in winter.
The ideal location for sedum
Tall fat leaf prefers a sunny location. The soil is not very demanding as long as it is well drained. A dry, sandy-loamy soil is ideal. If planted in groups, there should be a maximum of nine plants per square metre or five to seven plants per linear metre. The leaves fall off in winter. As the grass is hardy, it does not need any special protection.
Sedum is a perennial that stands out from many others because of its distinctive flower shape and colour. Sedum is a botanical gem that will give you years of great pleasure. The effect of the thick-leaved sedum can be further enhanced by the right planting partners. Together with ornamental grasses, autumn asters or coneflowers, it can't be topped.