Sedum spathulifolium 'Carnea'
Carnea Stonecrop foliage
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Plant Height: 2 inches
Flower Height: 4 inches
Spacing: 16 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Other Names: Spoon-leaved Stonecrop, Gormania spathulifolia
This versatile selection presents a low, slow spreading mat of silvery rosettes that are blushed with rosy tones; foliage will tinge to a solid crimson in winter; bright yellow star flowers make a pleasing early to mid-summer display
Carnea Stonecrop is bathed in stunning yellow star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its attractive tiny succulent round leaves emerge silver in spring, turning grayish green in color with showy pink variegation and tinges of silver. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous crimson in the fall.
Carnea Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Carnea Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Carnea Stonecrop will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. 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.
Carnea Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.