Monday, September 21, 2009

Sedum, Stonecrop, and Live Forever ... They're All The Same

I found it interesting that so many folks had never heard of the plant I blogged about last week. I am not sure if it grows prolifically around the country, but there sure is a lot of it here in the Western New York area.

The pictures I posted were actually from a plant that probably was not as healthy as it could be. Sedum is a succulent, and stores its water in its thick green leaves. The plant I photographed had very bright leaves. The healthier ones have very dark green leaves. Below was the plant about July. Flowers were just beginning to bud.






The colors vary from plant to plant. Some are very pink, some purplish and burgundy as well. The next two shot are from my flower bed.



You can see the leaves don't look all that healthy. I read that if it turns this bright green color, it means it is getting too much water. I have several other plants that are not quite as drought resistant, and so I guess it has gotten a bit too much water from the others being cared for.

Below is a plant from over at our town hall. The flowers are much darker and so are the leaves. I wonder sometimes if it has anything to do with the make up of the soil, kind of like the hydrangea. (Just a guess, I don't know for sure).


The next two pictures are from my neighbors plant near her mailbox. It's pretty interesting that the same plant can come in so many different shades. I read that most of the flowers have 5 petals and 2x the number of stamens as petals. They are so beautiful, and do look completely different in a close up, than from far away!








And my favorite of the colors:
They surely are a hardy plant. Perhaps something to think about for next year? Have a great week everyone!