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Sedum furfuraceum - Bonsai Sedum

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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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: Pinkish White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Sedum furfuraceum (Bonsai Sedum) A slow growing low growing branching succulent to 3 to 4 inches tall and spreading slowly to 1 foot wide or more on creeping stems with small upturned 1/4 to 3/8 inch long egg shaped dark green leaves covered in scurfy whitish scales and aligned in tight spiral rows. Leaves are often reddish purple in bright light and lower leaves turn a reddish-orange hue and later drop off to expose twisted thick gray-white stems. In early spring appear the pinkish white star-like flowers that each lasts for about 10 days. Plant in full sun to part shade in a well drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little. We have seen it listed as hardy to just below freezing (30 F) but has proven hardy for us to short durations down to 25F as evidenced by its survival, without damage, unprotected during our January 2007 freeze with three consecutive nights down to 25F. This is a great small scale groundcover, wall crevice plant or small container plant and can even be used indoors on a bright window sill. Its slow growth makes it a good plant for succulent bonsai and can be trained to look like a miniature tree by removing the lower leaves. This plant was first discovered by Crassulaceae authority Reid Moran and longtime Huntington Botanic Garden Director Myron Kimnach on a San Diego Museum of Natural History sponsored expedition in 1959. They found it growing on a pine-covered hillside at about 6,900 feet in elevation above the Ranchito de Juarez southeast from Zaragoza, San Luis Potosi. It was first described in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America's July-August 1961 Journal where Reid Moran described it as "a strange sedum forming coarse mats in the peat-like duff on pine-shaded rocks" and was introduced in 1964 by the International Succulent Introductions (ISI) as ISI-428. Our plants from John Bleck. 

This information about Sedum furfuraceum 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.