The shade gardener’s Sedum; Chiastophyllum oppositifolium LAMB’S TAIL is a succulent that just happens to love Deep Shade.
Otherwise it is just as hardy and useful as all the other heat and sun loving succulents.
The shade gardener’s “Sedum”
Creamy lemon pearls of buds open to soft yellow bells.
Soft yellow plumes
Then the soft yellow plumes arch up to 20cm. during spring and summer.
Evergreen groundcover of scalloped leaves
Chiastophyllum makes a dense carpet of evergreen, scalloped, fleshy leaves.
So it is a really useful ground-cover in shaded gardens.
The flowers are certainly lovely in their season, but the leaves contribute beauty and interest all year round.
As they show off a range of bronze and red blushes with the changing weather.
Handy groundcover for Deep Shade
There are few other groundcovers that can make such a contribution with both flowers and attractive foliage in Deep Shade.
In cooler districts it will also grow happily in Partial Shade, and Woodland conditions with a little Dappled Sun.
Each plant will densely cover the ground with eye-catching thick foliage to a diameter of approx. 30cm.
To cover a wider area, plant several plants. Lamb’s Tails is never invasive.
Perfect for edging a shaded garden, or covering underneath taller shrubs and trees where little else will thrive.
Lamb’s Tails fills a feature urn in a heavily shaded area with elegance, as the foliage is always lush and dense and will spill over the edge daintily, while the arched flower plumes add to the elegance in the spring-summer.
Very attractive planted between paving in Deep Shade.
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium will wag it’s Lamb’s Tails in almost any soil – even if you garden on heavy clay
Very obliging plant as it will grow happily in a range of soils from light sandy, all the way through and including heavy clay. It enjoys lime and alkaline soils, though will also tolerate soils on the acid side.It is very obliging, as it will grow happily in a range of soils from light sandy, all the way through and including heavy clay. It enjoys lime and alkaline soils, though will also tolerate soils on the acid side.
Water-wise in Shade
Chiastophyllum is not a thirsty plant. It requires only average, normal garden watering even in hot weather, as long as it is out of the sun.
Those fleshy succulent leaves have very efficient water storage. Though it can also short tolerate periods of damp.
Frost hardy, easy low maintenance ground-cover
Frost hardy even in severe frost below -10C.
All in all it is a very easy going, low maintenance groundcover, needing little if ever work.
Growing: Chiastophyllum oppositifolium
– Height with flowers: 20cm.
– Width: Each plant will make a groundcover to approx. 30cm. diameter.
– Position: Deep Shade in most areas. In cooler districts it will also grow happily in Partial Shade, Woodland conditions with a little Dappled Sun.
– Soil: Very obliging as it will grow happily in a range of soils from light sandy, all the way through and including heavy clay. It enjoys lime and alkaline soils, though will also tolerate soils on the acid side.
– Fragrance: Sadly none, but other qualities make up.
Easy care groundcover
– Frost: Very frost hardy,l even in severe frost areas.
– Growth: Evergreen groundcover perennial.
– Care: Very easy growing, low maintenance.
– Origin: Native to shaded areas in the Caucasus of eastern Europe. Has recently been reclassified from Chiastophyllum to the new name of Umbillicus, but at least “Lamb’s Tails” still applies.