Taking a Look at Sedum or Stonecrop

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Sedum (Sedum spp.), or stonecrop, is a resilient succulent that consists of about 400 species that can grow pink, white, red or yellow, butterfly-attracting, star-shaped flowers. Although some varieties can thrive in warmer zones, most are hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. Because these zones can experience sometimes unexpected cold temperatures and frost, knowing which type of stonecrop to grow is essential to your success. (See References 1 and 2)
About Sedums

Sedums varieties can range in height; some low-growing varieties reach no more than 2 inches in height, while some tall varieties can reach up to 2 feet or more. The low-growing varieties work well in rock gardens and make good ground cover, while the tall varieties work well in borders or as cut flowers. The origin of the variety you choose to grow greatly determines whether it will survive in your climate. Without proper protection, sedums that originate from tropical or desert-like climates won't tolerate cool, frost-prone areas, while sedums that stem from cooler areas, won't tolerate heat. (See References 1, p. 54 and References 3, p. 190)
Freeze-Hardy Sedum Varieties

Sedums with finer, smaller leaves are generally more cold hardy and less heat tolerant than those with large leaves. (See References 3) Some frost-tolerant varieties that are hardy to USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9 include the 4-inch tall tasteless stonecrop (S. sexantulare), which grows yellow flowers
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