Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Sedum spp. (SEE-dum or SAY-dum)
Stonecrop, Roof Houseleak, Hens and Chickens
yellow, pink, red, white
Form and Size:
The stems of sedum are 18 – 24 inches long. There are small, star-shaped flowers densely clustered at stem ends.
up to 8 days
late-summer – fall
Remove any leaves from the bottom of the stem that fall below the water line, cut and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Crassulaceae (orpine) family, sedum originated in the tropics and northern areas with temperate climates. Its common name, roof houseleek, comes from the flower’s ability to grow on a roof so densely that it can act as a shingle and prevent leaks.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of sedum include dudleya, echeveria and kalanchoe. This flower is said to represent tranquility.