Sedum dasyphyllum, Corsican Stonecrop, Blue Tears Sedum

Sedum dasyphyllum

Corsican Stonecrop, Blue Tears Sedum
Family: Crassulaceae
Origin: Mediterranean
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterWhite, off-white flowers

Despite its origin in the dry hillsides of the Mediterranean, Corsican Stonecrop grows in almost any well-drained situation where there is plenty of sun. This drought-tolerant succulent thrives with moderate water but is reasonably tolerant of dry conditions. It grows most vigorously in full sun and may require a bit of extra watering during windy periods and periods of high temperatures.

Corsican Stonecrop forms a low-growing carpet which makes it ideal for groundcover planting on slopes or banks. It grows to a height of 2ft with short flowering stems that carry white and off-white star-shaped flowers in the summer. Small shrubs of the same nature may reach up to 2-5 ft.

Growing Corsican Stonecrop in pots in cold regions requires a bit more attention. It can be placed in a bright, sunny spot but you must stop watering the pot as soon as temperatures drop. When the weather warms up, watering should be resumed. If growth is minimal and plants look withered during cold months, it is best to move them into a warmer area and then to a sunny spot once temperatures rise again.

This plant is best suited for USDA zones 9-11, but may remain evergreen if temperatures don't drop too low. Pruning will help to keep some of the older leaves in check and shaping is done in the spring when new shoots start to appear. Foliage will also benefit from a light application of liquid fertilizer which will help promote healthy growth.

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