Botanical name: Phedimus
Botanical name: Phedimus
Phedimus comprise a genus of succulents with characteristic flat leaves and colorful flowers. In addition to their attractive appearance, they are quite practical plants, as they are tolerant of frost and drought and are very cold hardy. They may thrive in damp and shaded areas as well. All of these characteristics make these succulents great options as groundcover or container plants.
Species of Phedimus
This compact broad-leaved succulent is notable for its visual effect on the landscape and the garden - during its blooming period, the entire ground it covers turns bright yellow. Orange Stonecrop is the double winner of a Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. The second specific epithet of the Latin name, kamtschaticus, refers to the plant's natural range, although it has also naturalized elsewhere.
Dragon's blood is an evergreen perennial that grows in a thick mat across the ground. It is known as a type of two-row stonecrop because the leaves grow in two rows along the stem. The plant is named after its red and green colors. Before being sold in the US under this name, it was bred in Germany and called 'Schorbuser Blut'.
The stonecrops 'Voodoo' is notable for its coloration, foliage that has a green base with deep red shading the plant throughout. The plant's flowers are bright pink and, combined with the foliage, provide a vibrant option for ground cover. It doesn't require much water and is deer and rabbit resistant, making it an excellent alternative to traditional lawn grass.
Stonecrops 'Schorbuser Blut'
Stonecrops 'Schorbuser Blut' is admired for its low-growing, spreading tendency. However, it's most unique for the dark maroon foliage that gives it a mysterious, dramatic look and sets it apart from its ancestral parent that displays green leaves instead. It's a Stonecrop cultivar named after the original German translation for Dragon's Blood, another name for this Sedum.
Tricolor (Phedimus spurius 'Tricolor') is named for its tendency to display three colors: green, white, and pink. Not naturally found in the wild, this cultivar nevertheless has a tendency to cover large patches in short spans of time, a fact aided by its natural hardiness. It produces star-shaped flowers each summer.
Aizoon stonecrop (Phedimus aizoon) is a succulent species native to China, Japan, Mongolia, and Russia. Aizoon stonecrop is cultivated as an ornamental species and often grown as a houseplant. This species should be cultivated in well-drained soil and the roots should be kept moist. Aizoon stonecrop is considered moderately toxic if ingested by humans or animals.
The dragon's blood is a low growing succulent with a maximum height of 10 cm. The flowers are star-shaped and appear during late spring through summer. They grow best with full sunlight but can survive with partial shade.
Care Guide for Phedimus