sedum ID please.

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sedum ID please.

Post by wildedges » Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:28 pm

Well it came labelled simply as 'sedum' but that's no guarantee and it was sold as hardy which it isn't especially. For a while I thought it might be s. multiceps but it never looked quite right as it tends to flop and straggle as it grows rather than form a little 'tree'. Then recently I managed to get hold of a definite multiceps and side by side they are similar by not quite the same. The first 2 pictures are the mystery plant and the last one shows 2 pots of the mystery plant on the left and my multiceps on the right. The multiceps has a thicker, more woody stem, slightly bigger leaves and has more of a branching habit. I'm hoping someone knows what it is as I struggle to grow it and almost lost it at one point when the main plant got too wet outdoors and died back to one stem. I found a cutting growing in with another plant and have nursed them both into better health in the greenhouse. Thanks for looking.

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Re: sedum ID please.

Post by esp » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:42 pm

Whilst I doubt if this is the answer, Sedum reflexum can look a bit like S. multiceps. Some of mine has distinct, rather floppy heads, rather than long leafy stems like most of the photos I see on the web. It's very hardy, so should cope with most outdoor conditions in the UK- although I haven't tried waterlogging it over winter.

Without wanting to overtake the thread, how hardy do you find multiceps? I've seen conflicting guidance that says it is both hardy to -10C and also frost tender. I was thinking of putting a couple of cuttings in the cold frame over winter to see what happened.
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Re: sedum ID please.

Post by wildedges » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:58 pm

Thanks for the reply. I've got a few cultivars of reflexum and this seems to be smaller and much less robust. It seems to be similar to a few plants but not quite the same. I thought maybe s. pallidum or s. hispanicum but I'm starting to think it might be a hybrid or something.

I've only just received the multiceps I'm afraid and it came bare root so I'm treating it as tender until it establishes a bit. I've been after one for a while now and was very pleased to finally get it. Once I've got some 'spare' plants from it I'll be trying it over winter in the unheated greenhouse but it took so long to find this one that I'm going to be cautious.
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Re: sedum ID please.

Post by Liz M » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:07 pm

If your's flowered prolifically with white flowers and then seedlings turned up in any number of pots, then it is Sedum hispanicum. I have it and I have seedlings, very pretty, that have popped up in all sorts of pots. I don't know how hardy it is but I am sure it is in some of my pots outside so come spring I shall know for sure.
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Re: sedum ID please.

Post by wildedges » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:45 pm

It hasn't flowered yet I dont think but that might be because it's been struggling a bit. It might be that I'll have to wait until it does flower before I can get a positive ID though by the looks of it.
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