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PlantFiles: Showy Stonecrop
Sedum 'Matrona'

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


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Cactus and Succulents

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)
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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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11 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral growin On Aug 5, 2011, growin from Vancouver, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I noticed this cultivar should be grown drier than the other cultivars as the stems break easily. A plant grown with too much water in a container, move the container and there goes half of the plant.

Positive saya On Aug 12, 2008, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

For the year 2000, Sedum ‘Matrona’ has been selected as the ‘Perennial of the Millennium' in Europe. wow that is a great honour that this herbaceous perennial, in my opinion, really deserves. I cannot help it..I just love this sedum. In The Netherlands its common name is 'hemelsleutels', translated 'keys to heaven'..
In my perennial borders they are so valuable. In late summer many of my plants 'go crazy' and this sedum says 'order order'.. it brings order by its habit and just in the way how it is ..sooo reliable...a little stiff but peaceful in those 'dogdays' provides butterflies and bees its last suppers..and many many people grow them because they are so easy to propagate... are these keys to heaven?

Selected and propagated by Ewald Hügin who has in Freiburg 'eine schöne Gärtnerei' ... ( translated 'a beautiful nursery')

Negative ifonly On Jul 27, 2007, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

These plants have dropped a bunch of leaves, some stems have none. Other stems have big leaves. Odd - I'd expect one or the other, not both! From other comments, I imagine they are getting too much water in my main bed. I guess I'll transplant to a drier area and give them another chance. Did like the purple stems when first bought - looked nice next to burgundy leaved plants. Autumn Joy in same bed looks great - don't you love the soft green color of its buds?

Neutral Gabrielle On Sep 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Also known as Sedum telephium.

Positive Photographer On Sep 11, 2005, Photographer from Moxee, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

I found a small broken branch of this variety on the floor of a local garden store ...... I picked it up and asked a clerk if I cold keep it. She said yes. It thrives in our garden's poorest soil with next to no water or care. Sedum Matrona is pretty ...... maybe not quite as pretty as other sedum varieties but each variety has its own difference worth noting. I happened to obtain 3 other varieties for free as well. They're all quite nice and I share them with anyone who expresses an interest in them. They are the lowest of maintenance plants in our gardens. I especially love the fact that bees find them so attractive. Bees love their flowers in the fall as much or maybe even more than Asters.

Positive BUFFY690 On May 3, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have one part of my original plant in the full sun in dryer conditions, and took a small piece and put it into a partly shady area. Both are doing great, the one in the shadier area has developed almost cabbage sized leaves, where the other is a large plant but not that large. I have also taken some pieces for rooting to share with folks next year.
May 2005

Positive forestroll On Jan 26, 2005, forestroll from Colorado Springs, CO wrote:

My neighbor and I both have grown this plant, and others of the stonecrops for about three years now. The plant has done very well and has gotten huge. I planted one plant and it has filled in an area by our fountain. It has gotten about 24" high so far and the blooms are very attractive, crimson and pink and have been trouble free.

Neutral RDT On Sep 7, 2004, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Although it is one of the more attractive sedums mine did not respond well to overwatering during dry periods. It is planted with several other sedums but this variety developed brown marks top to bottom. Upon inquiring about this I found others who had the same problem. It was recommended to cut it back to develop new unblemished growth. RD

Positive norska On Sep 6, 2004, norska from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very easy to propagate - I stuck a piece (that I accidentally broke off) into a pot in the spring, and forgot it all summer, and it not only rooted, it bloomed on schedule at the end of August.

Positive daryl On Aug 16, 2004, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

If your a showy stonecrop fan as I am this is a great addition,it's burgundy rimmed leaves add a nice contrast when mixed in with other sedums,plant them in large clumps for a good show in late summer.Also try drying and adding to arrangements.

Positive spaniel On Sep 19, 2003, spaniel from North Yarmouth, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Of all the upright sedums, this one performs the best and has the most striking appearance

Positive MossRose On Sep 7, 2003, MossRose from Albany, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted three seedlings in early spring, 2003, and the plants all blooms the first year, in late August. Excellent plant, maintenance free, drought tolerant and the bees and butterflies love it.

Positive Shirley1md On Oct 5, 2002, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very easy un-demanding plant to grow. Tolerates droughts well! I think the burgundy colored stems are an added bonus with this Sedum.

Positive mystic On Sep 22, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This Sedum is a cross between Sedum 'Atropurpureum' x Sedum 'Autumn Joy'. Butterflies like this sedum too which is an added bonus besides the wonderful fall color to the garden.

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

Positive Terry On Aug 30, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A nice sedum - medium pink flowers appear early (can cut back plants to delay blooming until later - pinch off the bloom tips and plant the cuttings for more plants. Foliage is a little darker than the species.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Clayton, California
Hesperia, California
Hoopa, California
Knights Landing, California
Aurora, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Brookfield, Connecticut
Marietta, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Williamsville, Illinois
Atalissa, Iowa
Sioux Center, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
North Yarmouth, Maine
Ellicott City, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Westford, Massachusetts
Bellaire, Michigan
Commerce Township, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Albany, Missouri
Clyde, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Chiloquin, Oregon
Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Clarksville, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Pocahontas, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Paris, Texas
Blacksburg, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
Moxee, Washington
Spokane, Washington
White Center, Washington
Owen, Wisconsin
Casper, Wyoming

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