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PlantFiles: Showy Stonecrop
Sedum 'Vera Jameson'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sedum (SEE-dum) (Info)
Cultivar: Vera Jameson


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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive glfbama On Aug 5, 2013, glfbama from Albany, OR wrote:

I planted three of these as small starts several years ago. They've made small mounds (~18-inches wide by ~8-inches tall). I neglect them shamefully, yet they thrive!

The foliage is blue-green with some reddish tints. The blooms are typical for sedums -- it's the foliage that's the standout for me.

Neutral Kaelkitty On Feb 6, 2009, Kaelkitty from Adelaide
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

I found the following parentage information on the Michigan State University Plant Encyclopedia (
"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)

Editor's Note
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.

Positive WombatFamily On Apr 27, 2008, WombatFamily from Brenham, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Such a great color counterpoint in the sunny spot. The bees love it and so far it's doing great.

Neutral mystic On Aug 4, 2007, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Received the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 1993 Award of Garden Merit. Reconfirmed in 2006.

Positive ifonly 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.

Positive BUFFY690 On Apr 21, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a very different shape and color to add in with my autumn joy and my matrona and my soon to add autumn fire.

Neutral smiln32 On Mar 12, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The foliage is such a lovely deep burgundy color. Flowers in September. Loves the sun. Doesn't get very tall - 12" or so.

Positive Joan On Dec 29, 2004, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

I got a little start of Vera Jameson 5 years ago, and it just gets better every year. I divided it and transplanted it several times and it always takes right off.

Positive onegoodmommy 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
Elk Grove, California
Hesperia, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Sacramento, California
Denver, Colorado
Parker, Colorado
Brookfield, Connecticut
Winston, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Allegan, Michigan
Commerce Township, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Scottville, Michigan
Lake George, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Albany, Missouri
Plainsboro, New Jersey
Fishkill, New York
Belfield, North Dakota
Clyde, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Albany, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Brenham, Texas
Humble, Texas
North Richland Hills, Texas
Stafford, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Beverly, West Virginia
Casper, Wyoming

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