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Sedum palmeri - Palmer's Sedum
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Sedum palmeri (Palmer's Sedum) - A very neat and attractive smaller succulent that forms small clumps to 8 inches tall of 1-2 inch wide dusty green rosettes of rounded leaves that are held on narrow weak stems that rise upwards and then lie over. In winter over several months appear the brilliant yellow starry flowers in lateral inflorescences that arch out then downwards. Plant in a well-drained soil in full coastal sun or light shade inland to fairly dense shade - this plant is noted as being one of the most shade-tolerant of sedums but if grown in bright light the green leaves blush with pink. Water regularly to occasionally. Hardy to 20 F and some say it can handle temperatures closer to 0 F though we in Santa Barbara have no way to verify this. Irrigate more or repot when plants drop lower leaves. This is a great plant for a soil pocket on a wall, as a container specimen or in a hanging basket. It is particularly nice in shade where its cheery yellow flowers are a welcome sight in winter. The form we grow is what Ray Stephenson in "Sedums: Cultivated Stonecrops" describes as the form of Sedum palmeri ssp. palmeri from northeastern Mexico near Tamaulipas, Neuvo Leon. The name honors the self-taught British Botanist Dr. Edward Palmer (1829-1911) and was described by American Botanist and Gray Herbarium Curator Sereno Watson (1826-1892) in "Contributions to American Botany: List of Plants from Southwestern Texas and Northern Mexico, collected chiefly by Dr. E. Palmer in 1979-80" that published in Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Vol. 17 1881-82). This really is an unusual Sedum which some describe as more like an Echeveria or even a sprawling Aeonium. Our plants from the succulent collection of Alice Waidhofer. Another plant that we grow that is similar but is much more robust and is possibly related is x Sedeveria 'Green Rose' which is thought to either be a hybrid between Sedum palmeri and Echeveria derenbergii or perhaps between Sedum pachyphyllum and Echeveria derengergii.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Sedum palmeri.
 
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