Sedum ‘Desert Black’
Rose pink heads. Sedum ‘Desert Black’ is a compact growing keeping itself to a tidy 20cm. Thrives in hot and dry conditions.
The domed heads of flowers are rich in nectar and pollen, and are intoxicatingly attractive to bees, butterflies and other beneficial pollinators. The autumn blooming provides much needed sustenance for bees and useful insects preparing for winter.
Seed heads that are left on to dry over winter also provide cold weather fodder for seed eating birds, as well as providing textural winter interest in the garden.
Easy to grow
Although many say the best time to plant sedum is in the spring after the threat of all frost has past but before the heat of summer kicks in. Like most succulents, they are really tough and no doubt will thrive whenever they are planted if they are kept an eye on when young, which isn’t hard because you can’t help but watch them grow anyway. Not fussy about soil type, but must be well drained. Suits sandy, poor or rocky soils, and seaside gardens. Excellent drought tolerance once established and is also Frost Hardy.
Growing: Sedum ‘Desert Black’
– Height with flowers: 20cm approx.
– Width: 15cm approx.
– Position: Ideally Full Sun but will grow and bloom happily in Partial Shade.
– Soil: Will tolerate most soil conditions but must be well drained. Also very tolerant of dry and arid conditions.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial.
– Attracts: Bees and butterflies flock to the large blooms of sedum.
– Care: Easy low maintenance plant. Cut back to ground level after flowers and growth is spent.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Although rabbits might take a nibble or two in very dry conditions, seeking the abundant water in the fleshy foliage, they usually don’t finish the meal as they dislike the taste.
Unfortunately deer don’t seem to mind the taste.
– Origin: Sedum have a wide native range, originating in Europe, Asia, North Africa and also Mexico. A few are even native to North America.