Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
On Feb 6, 2009, Kaelkitty from Adelaide Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:
I found the following parentage information on the Michigan State University Plant Encyclopedia (MSUplants.com)
"This cultivar appeared in the garden of the lady of the same name around 1970 as a hybrid of a dark form of Sedum telephium subsp. maximum cv. Atropurpureum x Sedum cv. Ruby Glow (Sedum cauticola x Sedum telephium)."
Also note that the Royal Horticultural Society accepts the splitting off of the "showy stonecrops" into their own genus (Hylotelephium).
If you wish to follow this usage, the name becomes Hylotelephium cv. Vera Jameson and the parentage is thus Hylotelephium telephium subsp. maximum cv. Atropurpureum x Hylotelephium cv. Ruby Glow (Hylotelephium cauticolon x Hylotelephium telephium)
The Royal Horticultural Society notes that Hylotelephium is a synonym for Sedum anacampseros, Sedum spectabile, and Sedum telephium. They are still acknowledging that Sedum is the current nomenclature.
On Jul 17, 2006, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:
Vera looks beautiful in a rocky spot of my garden. Original planting of two plants. This year I pinched off several stems & stuck them in the ground where the soil is not deep enough to put in an entire plant - I'm thinking the new plants will adjust, but we'll see. The original plants do lay across the rocks, a very nice effect. The blue green leaves and maroon stems are gorgeous next to a sieboldii and several others - one with teeny-tiny leaves & two with small leaves.
On Aug 26, 2003, onegoodmommy from Rock Hill, SC wrote:
I've had my vera Jameson for three seasons and I love it more now than ever. It's hardy, very easy to care for and is the only flowering perennial in our bed(out of 4)that survived our S. Carolina, zone 7 winter.
The pretty, blueish green color of the foliage is eyecatching. It looks almost like a succulent. It really stands out against our other plants. It would work very well in a rock garden I imagine.
The blooms are very tiny flowers that form nice sized clumps at the end of the stem. The flowers are pink and fairly quickly turn a dark burgundy. These make gorgeous dried flowers. This year I put them in a tall aluminim pot with eucalyptus behind. Gorgeous!
The only drawback is, if placed by themselves in a bed, they will begin to lay flat because they cannot support the weight of their heavy stems. If planted next to a landscaping edge of some sort, they would hang over it nicely. They are still pretty even when laying flat. I try to build up and support mine with a mulch circle around the perimeter of the plant and that makes them stand up a bit. Around mid-August, you can see new shoots coming up in the center.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Clayton, California Clovis, California Hesperia, California Laguna West-lakeside, California Pleasant Hill, California Sacramento, California Edgewater, Colorado Brookfield, Connecticut Winston, Georgia Cherry Valley, Illinois Machesney Park, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Washington, Illinois Galena, Indiana Keomah Village, Iowa Uxbridge, Massachusetts Allegan, Michigan Commerce Township, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Scottville, Michigan Bloomington, Minnesota Lake George, Minnesota Albany, Missouri Plainsboro Center, New Jersey Brinckerhoff, New York Belfield, North Dakota Clyde, Ohio Coshocton, Ohio Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Tulsa, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon East Norriton, Pennsylvania Lenoir City, Tennessee Atascocita, Texas Brenham, Texas North Richland Hills, Texas Aquia Harbour, Virginia Edgewood, Washington Kalama, Washington Spokane, Washington Beverly, West Virginia Bessemer Bend, Wyoming