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Sedum pulchellum (Sea Star)

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Sedum pulchellum,  Widowscross, Widow's Cross, Sea Star, Chetyson pulchella, Chetyson vigilimontis, Sedum vigilimontis, Pink Sedum, Pink Flowers, Native Sedum

Prized for its unique sea star flowers, Sedum pulchellum (Sea Star) is a winter annual with upright stems covered with strongly clasping, needle-like, bright green leaves. In spring, it produces horizontally branched clusters of tiny pink flowers. The blossoms give way to dehiscent seed pods, and the plant slowly dries to cinnamon brown and drops its leaves as summer progresses. While Sedum pulchellum is short-lived, it spreads by reseeding itself. Seeds typically germinate in the fall, allowing young plants to overwinter in a dormant state. At favorable sites, this wildflower often forms colonies. A very neat United States species that is well-suited for sunny border fronts, rock gardens, or rock walls. Plant it where both the foliage and flowers can be enjoyed.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall and wide (15-30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in poor to moderately fertile, neutral to slightly alkaline, dry to medium moisture, and well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfect for rock gardens, cottage gardens, edging, or as a groundcover.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Low maintenance, this Sedum forgives neglect!
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings or seed.
  • Native to calcareous areas of the South-Central and Southeastern United States, where it is found on flat rock outcrops, particularly cedar glades.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Sedum
Common names Sea Star, Sedum, Stonecrop
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spacing 6" - 12"
(15cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Southeast, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Sedum
Common names Sea Star, Sedum, Stonecrop
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spacing 6" - 12"
(15cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Southeast, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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