Stonecrop is an outstanding landscape plant for dry areas of the garden.

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
August 7, 2005

     The Stonecrop is an excellent border plant and works well in rock gardens. Mass plantings of stonecrop bring out the rich burgundy colors in late fall. You will see flowers as early as August with the pinkish reds gradually turning a darker shade of red as the weather turns cooler.

This plant is an excellent plant for those places you just don't water often. It is very drought tolerant and will turn a lighter shade of color if given too much water. Plant where the stonecrop will see a lot of sunshine as the leaves can actually turn floppy with too much shade.

The greenhouse recommends cutting the plant back halfway when it reaches 8 inches tall which causes the plant to produce a higher quantity of flowers because the plant will produce more stems. Each of the stems will show a flower head which resembles a bunch of broccoli.

Perennial Full Sun
Cut back halfway when stems reach 8 inches Drought Tolerant
Grows to 18 inches high Space 18 inches apart
Grows from early spring to late fall Flowers in September, with salmon pink flowers
Hardy to -40 degrees Butterfly Attractant, deer resistant

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Stonecrop is an excellent border plant
Stonecrop is an excellent border plant

The Stonecrop plant tolerates extreme heat and can handle infertile soil. Do not overwater. Overwatering causes the stonecrop to die. The stonecrop comes in multiple varieties including the Autumn Joy Sedum and the two-row stonecrop.

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