perennial

Xenox Stonecrop

Sedum 'Xenox'

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Xenox Stonecrop (Sedum 'Xenox') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Xenox Stonecrop flowers

Xenox Stonecrop flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Xenox Stonecrop (Sedum 'Xenox') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Xenox Stonecrop in bloom

Xenox Stonecrop in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Autumn Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop

Description:

Stop the presses - this perennial is big news, featuring a foliage performance that morphs from blue-green in spring through shades and tints of purple, finally ending up a rich burgundy, along with showy pink flowers in late summer, a real knockout

Ornamental Features

Xenox Stonecrop has masses of beautiful clusters of pink flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to late fall, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive succulent round leaves emerge grayish green in spring, turning burgundy in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The deep purple stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Xenox 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 favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Xenox Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Xenox Stonecrop will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, 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. 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.

Xenox Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. 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. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features