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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: < 0 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 slender 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 as an added bonus the green leaves blush with pink if grown in bright light. Water regularly to occasionally. Hardy to at least down to 0F - some claim it can handle temperatures below 0F, noting it can be grown in Cleveland, Ohio (USDA Zone 6) . Irrigate more frequently 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, Nuevo 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 was 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. Its showy flowering aspect has led some to call it the Starburst Sedum. 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 derenbergii. 

This information about Sedum palmeri displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.