I have been amazed by the appearance of crested sedums showing up at the garden centers near me this summer. I have seen at least 3 different crested plants that are hardy around here, and snapped up one so far for a outside dish garden.
The thing that cracks me up is that none of the staff understand crested plants, and the DG PNW group is also silent on this. Its like no one seems to know what to do with them in the garden. I can understand, but I am currently getting pretty excited about dish gardens for these plants. I just put one together with a crested Sedum fosteranium, with S. f. purpeanium around it to show the difference between the two plants.
Attached is the crested plant photo, before potting up.
Wow...When I saw "crested" in the post title my first thought was WHY???? Until this one I've never seen anything crested I'd admit to owning, but this one is awesome! If I ever see one I'd snatch it up in a heartbeat! Great find, Rob!
Awesome plant!! Does it have normal growth as well? I have Sedum reflexum cristatum(hardy here in 6b) but there is a large proportion of "normal" growth, although these will produce the crested growth if potted up on their own--I didn't know there were more!!
Well, I did get in touch with Wayne Fagerlund, who tells me he is responsible for the crested plants that are showing up locally. He runs the nursery about 60 miles south of here, which is in the pictures about raising sedums commercially.
He got back to me with all the local nurseries that have plants locally, so I ran over to one near by and scored 3 more crested plants. S. album fm cristata, S album fm cristata (Borchii) and S. 'Wayne's Brain', which I have emailed him about parentage info.
My pots are smaller than many posted in this forum, as I don't want sedums making a total mess of the pot, and I want the crested plants to be the biggest part of the show in each pot. I just potted up the new plants this afternoon, and it was not pretty. S. album seems far more fragile than S. fosterianium so the plants suffered a bit.
I decided on potting up S album fm cristata seperately, as the cresting was prettly low to the ground, and I was concerned about it getting hidden by other plants.
I love the pot that Wayne's Brain is in. I do my plant pot shopping at the local thrift stores, especially for the C&S crowd. And that pot that WB is in is one of the better recent scores I have had. And it is actually one legs about 1/2" long, so it is even cooler in person.
I am still looking for the elusive item that can be a pot for the perfect succulent. Right now I have not seen it, but I know it is close: butter dish, fondue pot, CB radio, telescope. Where is it?
AnalogDog...Did you try to extract the "technique" for producing these crested plants? They appear to be popping up in a number of locations. I bought one at a local hardware chain store. Is this done by irradiation? Irradiation (think Xrays, gamma rays, etc, not Roswell) has been used for a number of years now, in commercial veggie/fruit crops...to produce "mutants". This looks like it surpasses the old-tymey uses with chemical mutagens such as Colchicine, and Gibberellic Acid. Will Wayne of "Wayne's Brain" (great name) divulge any secrets...? Very curious.
Yeah. I have a carbide tipped bit especially made for ceramics. One half inch in size. That has to be the toughest pot to drill I have ever done. It took about 20 minutes of drilling to get through 3/16" or so.
There are a huge number of plant pots for those that like to overpot plants. The plant in a drained pot, with another pot over it to decorate it and hold water. I think it may have been one of those, or maybe a strange ash tray, or candy dish or something. I can't tell with many of the pots, as they are often showing water lines, or missing lids when I buy them at thrift stores.
you certainly have a nice collection of Crested Sedums. I only have a couple, but was wondering if you ever seen this one around. I've had it for about 3 or 4 years now, its growing into a bush, and new branches grow crested. The stem base is flatten out too. It came labeled with the common name of 'Dwarf Cockscomb' with ID as Sedum reflexum crest. Wonder if you or Wayne Fagerlund could shed some additional info on it.
I have a S. reflexum which is crested, and is my most recent purchase. Now, while I have a nice set of them, I have to bow to you, as all of mine were only purchased in the last month, and I never knew that there were crests available.
With that note, I dub you King of the Crested Sedums.