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This pink rug has become a regular with us in rabatkas, rock gardens, in ordinary flower beds. But its most common name is false sedum or Sedum spurium.
- Plant features
- Stonecrop care rules
- Plant features
In Latin, this word means abatement. The reason for such an unusual name is that in ancient times, pain was relieved with its juicy leaves. Although some scholars tend to associate it with the consonant word sit. And this is also plausible, because this plant very densely covers the ground, even stony, as if sitting in it.
The plant is very widespread in temperate regions and mountainous areas in the Northern Hemisphere. But it is also found in some regions of the Southern Hemisphere. Most often, sedum cushions can be found on the rocky slopes and meadows of the Caucasus Mountains.
Sedum is very hardy. It is a groundcover perennial plant whose roots form sprawling systems, and the stems creep low to the ground. During flowering, they reach 30 cm.
Dark green leaves with a fleshy base and soft teeth along the edges of the leaves are alternately located along the stems of the sedum. This popular plant is so unpretentious that it needs almost no maintenance.
The green leaves of stonecrop have an interesting feature - a cream-colored border. In sunny weather, it becomes wine-red. The flowers of sedum false cover the stems of the plant in a continuous layer. These small pink flowers with sharp petals form dense corymbose inflorescences. The most abundant flowering occurs in the summer months. Sites covered with stonecrops look unusually decorative during this period.
In general, there are many types of sedums. And one of them was called false because it looks like a flowering plant even when dry. Also, his fluffy rug seems velvety, but in fact, a little prickly.
Stonecrop care rules
Sedum is very fast developing and easy to reproduce. Therefore, it can cover a huge area in several seasons, even oppressing weaker ornamental plants. Stonecrop, resistant to frost, can winter calmly without special shelter above it in a temperate climate zone. Also, it is not very important for him on what soil he has to grow.
Still, the most suitable option is a soil with medium fertility, drained, moderately moist. It is good if it is abundantly illuminated by the sun. Although sedum is recommended for decorating alpine hills, but on such rocky slopes, in cramped boxes and gaps between blocks, it develops much worse than in more favorable conditions.
And the most important requirement for its growth is a lot of free space, space for the development of roots.As for care, the plant does not require any special conditions. Unless, you should not disturb adult plants. Also, false sedum can not always resist weeds, and the most vicious of which for it is wheatgrass. If he makes holes in the stonecrop carpet, he will very soon drown it out completely.
Sedum is propagated in traditional ways:
- dividing the bush
Sowing stonecrops can be carried out under seedlings and directly into the ground
But the easiest way is false sedum propagates by dividing the bush. To do this, it is enough to separate part of the pillow. In this case, you don't even have to dig up the plant. The sedum is very malleable, so you just need to stretch out part of the bush along with the rhizome and even soil. The most suitable application of sedum is the lower part of the alpine slides. Sunny slopes and foreground flower beds are also suitable for it.
Since part of the stems periodically dies off, the aesthetic appearance of the plant deteriorates. Therefore, it is advisable to sprinkle a long bare stem of stonecrop with soil, and at the end of the flowering season - with humus. The rock garden should also be periodically decorated with fine gravel. With all the stability of the sedum, you need to periodically carry out a thorough weeding. This will help the plant to resist weeds.
Since stonecrop is very drought-resistant, it should be watered only in extremely dry times. Watering is also indispensable after plant transplantation.
If the sedum is varietal, then it is much more capricious than the parental species. Such plants are prone to the formation of wild shoots inherited from the subspecies. It is important to pluck out these degenerating parts in a timely manner so as not to lose the varietal plant.
Many growers like the dry lashes of this succulent, so they do not remove them even in winter. But in the spring you will have to get rid of this exotic in order to give growth to new plants.
Since sedum is undemanding to growing conditions, resistant to frost and drought, does not lend itself to pests and is not affected by diseases, this plant can easily grow in any area. Although he also cannot do without the attention of the owners. Perhaps this is another reason that he is false?
Interesting video about false sedum: