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Sedum (Stonecrop), spectabile ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy)

Autumn Joy is a very dependable and attractive perennial choice for most of the year. Offering wonderful foliage interest earlier in the season with succulent, fleshy gray-green leaves appearing in early spring. This plant begins to produce green broccoli-like buds in mid-summer. Followed by densely clustered flat flowerbuds that are pale pink maturing to rosy-red in August then turning to rust-red in the fall. The Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (Autumn Joy), is one of the finest of all upright Sedums. This versatile perennial is a perfect filler plant for a sunny, well-drained spot. A valuable late source of nectar for butterflies and bees. The dried flowerheads provide structure and color in the late-fall and winter if left in the garden to dry-out. In the spring the new leaf buds start to show at the base of the plant and they look like tiny cabbages.


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SD500 Sedum (Stonecrop), spectabile 'Herbstfreude' (Autumn Joy) out of stock $0.00

Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 24"
Spacing 10-24"
Hardiness Zones 3-10
Exposure Full Sun
Foliage Fleshy Gray-Green
Flower Pink to Rust-Red
Bloomtime August-October

General Information +

Botanical: Sedum spectabile, 'Herbstfreude'

Common: Stonecrop 'Autumn Joy'

Family: Crassulaceae

General Characteristics: Autumn Joy' is a great choice for beds and borders and excellent as cut flowers. It is also a great butterfly and bee attractor and is disease resistant. In rich soils, plants may be pinched in June to prevent floppiness. A classic perennial! This Sedum is an excellent border plant and works well in rock gardens. Mass plantings of Sedum bring out the rich burgundy colors in late fall. You will see flowers as early as August with the pinkish reds gradually turning a darker shade of red as the weather turns cooler. This plant is an excellent plant for those places you just don't water often. It is very drought tolerant and will turn a lighter shade of color if given too much water. Plant where the sedum will see a lot of sunshine as the leaves can actually turn floppy with too much shade. The succulent clumps of Sedum may be divided and replanted any time during the growing season. The taller varieties are good for edging or perennial borders while the shorter varieties are suited for wall gardens, crevices or rock gardens.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Very easy to grow, tolerates moist or dry soil and spreads rapidly. May be divided in spring or fall when plants become crowded. In February and March cut back the old flowerheads and stems. Sedum Autumn Joy needs to be planted in full sun in well-drained soil. It will tolerate most soil types and is drought resistant. No pruning is necessary except to clean up dead stems.