DESCRIPTION: A compact upright stonecrop with large clusters of deep pink flowers held atop distinct dark cherry red succulent foliage; a drought-tolerant perennial that does best in poor soils; a colorful...
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DESCRIPTION: A compact upright stonecrop with large clusters of deep pink flowers held atop distinct dark cherry red succulent foliage; a drought-tolerant perennial that does best in poor soils; a colorful groundcover or feature in containers or rock gardens

BOTANICAL NAME: Sedum Sunsparkler® 'Cherry Tart'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 10-15 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 40-45 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Deep pink
FLOWERING TIME: Mid-summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Olive green in spring, turning dark cherry red in colour throughout the season
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 4 ( Should survive up to -34.4° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average to dry - Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Rabbit Resistant, Succulent, Low Maintenance

Ornamental Features

Cherry Tart Stonecrop features showy clusters of hot pink star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive succulent round leaves emerge olive green in spring, turning cherry red in colour throughout the season. The brick red stems are very colourful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Cherry Tart Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading 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.

Cherry Tart Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications:

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

Planting & Growing

Cherry Tart Stonecrop will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 10 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 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.

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. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Cherry Tart Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. 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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