Hylotelephium spectabile

Family: Crassulaceae

Countries: Asia, China, North Korea, South Korea

Hylotelephium spectabile are hardy herbaceous perennials that bloom in late summer and early autumn; their flowers are very attractive to bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects.  Many gardeners know this plant by its common name – Sedum – but Hylotelephium spectabile is this plant’s up-to-date, botanical name.

These plants will positively thrive in sandy, silty and naturally well-drained soils; Hylotelephium spectabile love to grow in bright and sunny areas.  However, Hylotelephium spectabile won’t be happy to grow in the shade and these plants will rapidly decline and deteriorate if they’re planted in a soil or compost that’s water retentive or prone to water-logging.

Hylotelephium spectabile can be propagated by taking semi-ripe cuttings in mid to late summer, and these plants can also be divided in springtime.

Gardeners will find white, pink, and red flowered forms of Hylotelephium spectabile for sale at garden centres or nurseries.  Many different forms of Hylotelephium spectabile are available, all are drought tolerant and suited to low maintenance gardens and wildlife gardens.  Hylotelephium spectabile plants tend to grow up to around 60cm tall.

Hylotelephium spectabile will decline in a peat-based or water retentive compost.  If you’re planting Hylotelephium spectabile in a container, use a peat-free, free-draining growing medium and be sure to use a planter that has ample holes at the base – as this will allow the water to run through the planter and out of the base.

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