Botanical: Sedum spectabile, 'Herbstfreude'
Common: Stonecrop 'Autumn Joy'
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.