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Sedum lucidum - Siempreviva
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Sedum lucidum (Siempreviva) - A compact growing succulent subshrub to about 8 inches tall by 2 feet wide with 12 to 14 inch long stems that are at first erect but lay down as they elongate. These stems mostly retain along their length the inch long fleshy, ovoid and smooth, dark green oblong-elliptic leaves with acute tips that are alternate and stalkless along the stems and clustered into a tight rosette at the stem tips. Leaves remain a lustrous green when grown in shade but take on pink to red tints along the margins when grown out in full sun. From late fall into early spring appear the densely clustered axillary compound cymes of small white flowers with yellow centers that are lightly musky scented. Plant in a shaded location or full sun in a well drained soil and water sparingly to occasionally. It is hardy to 20 F and grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b. It makes a nice and attractive small-scale dense ground-cover to a couple feet wide in well drained soil and is great scrambling over and around rocks. It also makes a nice container plant or in a hanging basket. Sedum lucidum was first described by Robert T. Clausen in the July-August 1951 issue of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America's Cactus and Succulent Journal (Vol.23 N.4) from plants collected by Eric Walther in 1935 on a steep rocky hillside at Cerro Borrego near the city of Orizaba in the state of Vera Cruz, Mexico. Clausen himself visited the area in 1955 and found the plants at this location growing on limestone cliffs and epiphytically on oak trees and also found it nearby at Rio Blanco southwest of Oirizaba. The name Sedum is derived from the Latin word 'sedere' meaning to "to sit" in refererence to the low-growing habit and the manner in which some species attach themselves to stones or walls and the specific epithet is the Latin word meaning "shining' in reference to the lustrous surface of the leaves. Our first stock plants came to us with the succulent collection of Alice Waidhofer of Stockton, California in 2004, who had received it from the Huntington Botanic Garden as a International Succulent Introduction the year prior as ISI 2003-37 Sedum lucidum. This ISI 2003-37 plant was a re-introduction of their 1984 ISI 1497, a plant accessioned by the Huntington as HBG 41304 that was originally collected by Alfred Bernhard Lau in 1971 in Veracruz, Mexico. 

This information about Sedum lucidum 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.