Sedum palmeri is a low growing ground cover plant, evergreen and reaching around 15cm or 6 inches in height.
It has a natural trailing habit and will slowly spread to form a dense clump.
The foliage forms in tight rosettes and bright yellow flowers from winter into spring.
Like many Sedum varieties, it grows well in full sun, however is better in a little afternoon shade in warmer climates. Excellent in a rock garden, a dry part of the garden border or when grown in containers.
Once established this is a very easy care plant. You will rarely need to water it, and although it will spread slowly it is not seen as invasive.
This is a species that will grow well in shade, in which case the foliage will be a pale green, however in sun the foliage will be tinged with a rosy pink.
- Choose a well drained soil, or plant Sedum palmeri up on a mound.
- Plant and water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- After the first summer it will need little help with water.
- Prune back at any time of the year to maintain a more compact growth habit.
You can prune back any errant runners, usually just by breaking them off. You can also cut back in spring to keep the growth habit a little more compact.
Very easy by division of established clumps also possible from cuttings.
- Botanical name – Sedum palmeri
- Family – Crassulacae
- Common Name – Palmer’s sedum
- Position – Full sun to afternoon shade.
- Soil – Well drained humus rich.
- Height – To 15 cm
- Spread – To around .5m
- Flowers – Yellow daisy like flowers in late winter to spring.
- Foliage – Mid blue/green with red blushes in winter.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – Yes