Plant Pick: Sedum hispanicum minus Purple Form

Sedum hispanicum minus Purple Form “Blue Carpet”

Truly, this is a great plant for a hypertufa pot or trough. It forms a tight mat of blue-gray that fades from day to day to different hues of blue and purple, greenish blue and slightly pinkish. It seems that each time you look at it, it is a differing color in the trough. One of my favorites.

It can bloom in late summer, and has small pink or white star-shaped flowers. I have had mine bloom sporadically but to me the flowers are not really significant. Perhaps if mine bloomed overall, I would be more impressed.

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The Sedum hispanicum is very drought tolerant and will grow best in a sunny location. It needs great drainage so my hypertufa is perfect for this. I have it currently in a few bowls and large landscape planters. It gets full and spreads quickly. That is a characteristic that I am looking for in all my succulents and sedum. 

Here are this sedum’s stats:

  • Exposure: Sun to part sun ( I think sunny is better)
  • Height: 1-3 inches
  • Spread: 12 inches in a year
  • Soil: well drained
  • Zones: USDA 5-9

In my opinion, this sedum seems very similar in size and appearance to Sedum album “Coral Carpet” and I have a photo with some of the two together so that you can see the difference. The coral carpet is at the left  and it seems to have a more elongated stem to me. The little petals growing out are longer in appearance, even though both varieties are tiny overall.

sedum hispanicum colors

 

But both of these grow into a thick but soft mat of color in the hypertufa trough, so both are ideal for this type of a garden planter. I have them both planter and they are intermixing and creating bands of color that are really nice.

I have sempervivum in some of the same hypertufa planters and pots and these are soon engulfed with the “blue carpet.”  It is really nice and the semps still grow.  It’s just like they are treading water keeping their little tips out into the sun too.

This plant is an evergreen sedum. It does not die back in winter at all. It becomes a richer and deeper rose color. This photo I took Sunday of the hispanicum. You can see it mixing further with the “coral carpet” and yes, you do see a netting over the top of it. ( Squirrel protection for this past winter.)

I have a lot of my containers wrapped in bird netting. I was not sure that it would work, but it has been fantastic. No critters have dug into the garden troughs or another of the other garden planters that I covered with the netting. And the sedum has continued to grow thickly. I will use it each year, I think. You can check out that post about applying the bird netting here.

Check over these color variations, and try these sedums in hypertufa pots or even in a rock garden. I know you will enjoy them as much as I do.

And you can propagate by just breaking off a small piece. It grows into a brand new plant. What could be better? Since this plant hardly demands any care at all, you can plant it in all the cement planters you have as a living mulch.

So there is my recommendation for a great sedum for your hypertufa pots. I hope you will get some and see how it grows for you. I find it in my local garden centers.

So get out there and make your hypertufa pots and get them planted up! It’s fun!

 

 

Kim, The Hypertufa Gardener

Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.

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