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Sedum telephium ‘Purple Emperor’ (Stonecrop)

Sedum 'Purple Emperor', Orpine 'Purple Emperor', Stonecrop 'Purple Emperor', Sedum 'Washfield Purple'

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Sedum 'Purple Emperor', Sedum Telephium 'Purple Emperor', Sedum 'Purple Emperor', Orpine 'Purple Emperor', Stonecrop 'Purple Emperor', Sedum 'Washfield Purple'
Sedum 'Purple Emperor'

Long-lived and drought tolerant, award-winner Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ is a lovely sight in the landscape with its masses of rosy-pink flowers, densely packed in large umbrella-shaped flower heads, and showing off atop bright reddish-purple stems clad with dark purple, fleshy leaves. Vigorous, hardy, carefree, good-looking, with a season of interest lasting more than 6 months from early summer until well into winter, who could resist?

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society 
  • Easy to grow, this standout semi-upright perennial forms a clump of thick, fleshy dusky purple foliage, 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm),  topped with flower buds resembling broccoli. Gradually, these densely clustered buds will reveal tiny, star-like pink flowers in mid-summer, which will softly change to mauve-pink, then chestnut-bronze in fall as they die.
  • Both foliage and dead inflorescences will remain attractive through winter, providing some additional interest.
  • Provides color and contrast to bedsborders, or rock gardens at a time when most plants have stopped blooming. Effective when planted en masse or in groups.
  • Best grown in full sun, in averagedry to medium moisturewell-drained soils. Thrives in low or moderately fertilesandy or gravelly soils. Good drainage is important!
  • Flowers are attractive to bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies and excellent as cut flowersRabbit and deer resistant!
  • Drought once established, it is disease resistant!
  • Low maintenance, this Sedum forgives neglect!

Members of the genus Hylotelephium, border sedums are essential beauties for the late-season garden and deserve a spot in gravel gardens. Undemanding, not aggressive, with fleshy, drought-resistant foliage and lovely domed flowerheads packed with a profusion of tiny starry flowers, opening to white, pink or red blossoms in late summer or early fall, they are a popular attraction to butterflies. They look particularly attractive with Asters, Solidago (Ornamental Golden rods), Boltonias, and Ornamental Grasses. Standing for months, their faded flowers and seed heads provide a colorful display in late fall and winter, even under snow caps. There are hundreds of Hylotelephium cultivars and hybrids to pick from. Which one will be yours?

 

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Sedum
Common names Stonecrop, Sedum
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Sedum ‘Dream Dazzler’ (SunSparkler Series)
Sedum ‘Angelinas Teacup’ (SunSparkler Series)
Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’ (Golden Japanese Stonecrop)
Sedum pachyclados (Gray Stonecrop)
Sedum tetractinum (Chinese Stonecrop)
Sedum tetractinum ‘Coral Reef’ (Chinese Stonecrop)

Recommended Companion Plants

Dahlia ‘Impression Fortuna’
Achillea ‘Inca Gold’ (Yarrow)
Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ (Frikart’s Aster)
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’ (Mountain Fleece)
Hordeum jubatum (Foxtail Barley)
Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’
Helictotrichon sempervirens (Blue Oat Grass)
Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ears)
Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)

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Sedum (Stonecrop)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Sedum
Common names Stonecrop, Sedum
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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