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Sedum nussbaumerianum

“Coppertone Sedum”

This Sedum is an evergreen perennial. It shows off its beautiful copper color when it’s “stressed” in full sun. It’s perfect for use as a ground cover or in a rock garden.

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Quick Look:
  • Plant in full sun to light shade

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Rosettes grow up to 3″ (7.5 cm), and about 8 ” (20 cm) tall.

    Plant can grow between 24″ (61 cm) and 36″ (91 cm) long.

  • Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Easily propagates from seed, leaf cuttings, or stem cuttings

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows during Spring and Fall

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Sedum nussbaumerianum

The name “Stonecrop” comes from how easy it is to care for this species. A common joke among gardeners is that stones are the only things that require less care and less water than Sedums.

This succulent’s bright orange color stands out when it is exposed to heat, full sun, and little water. For this reason, Sedum nussbaumerianum is best grown outdoors. If grown inside, it tends not to thrive and will lose its beautiful copper color.

Where to Plant

Plant your Sedum in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day. It also does well in hanging baskets or rock gardens.

Growing Season

‘Coppertone’ actively grows in cooler months. They thrive on neglect, but be careful not to over-water! Look forward to lightly fragrant white flowers in the spring.

Similar To

Sedum nussbaumerianum is often confused with Sedum adolphii. They are similar in appearance and part of the same genus, but are not the same plant.

How to Propagate Sedum nussbaumerianum

Stonecrop are easily propagated from leaves, cuttings, or seed.

Leaves

You can easily propagate the leaves of Sedums by choosing a firm, healthy leaf. Remove it from the main plant by gently twisting the leaf from the stem. Be sure not to leave any of the leaf on the stem (if you take a bit of the stem with the leaf, that’s fine, too!).

Allow the leaf to callous over for several days, and then lay on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried completely. After roots and a rosette have appeared, and the mother leaf has withered away, plant the new growth.

Cuttings

To take a cutting of a Sedum nussbaumerianum, use a sharp, sterile knife or pair of scissors. Cut the stem away from the Sedum cluster, and allow the cut to callous over for a few days before planting in well-draining soil.

Seeds

If propagating from seed, sow in a well-draining soil in the fall. You can grow Sedum seeds outdoors if you live in a zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light.

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