DESCRIPTION: A spreading variety with bright yellow flowers held atop round foliage that is light green and red; a drought-tolerant plant useful for hot sunny sites; a great choice for containers,...
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DESCRIPTION: A spreading variety with bright yellow flowers held atop round foliage that is light green and red; a drought-tolerant plant useful for hot sunny sites; a great choice for containers, edging and rock gardens

BOTANICAL NAME: Sedum divergens
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 10 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 50 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Creamy yellow
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Lime green turning red
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average to dry - Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Rabbit Resistant, Succulent, Low Maintenance, Rock Garden

Ornamental Features

Old Man's Bones Stonecrop is covered in stunning clusters of yellow star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive succulent round leaves remain lime green in colour with showy cherry red variegation throughout the year. 

Landscape Attributes

Old Man's Bones Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favour of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Old Man's Bones Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Old Man's Bones Stonecrop will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. It can be propagated by division.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. 

Old Man's Bones Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

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