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Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hylotelephium (hy-loh-te-LEE-fee-um) (Info)
Species: spectabile (speck-TAB-ih-lee) (Info)
Cultivar: Brilliant

Synonym:Sedum spectabile

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

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 leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice Sedum, I prefer this one to 'Autumn Joy.' Stands up well and has nice colored blooms, even after the fade. Great winter interest. Blooms September - October in my garden.

Positive ladygardener1 On Jan 18, 2009, ladygardener1 from Near Lake Erie, NW, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

In Spring when plant reaches around 8 inches tall, trim it back by half. This will produce more but smaller flowers. The advantage of this is the plant is fuller and will flop open less.
And as others have said, root the cuttings for more plants.
I usually give the rooted cuttings away.

Positive outdoorlover On Apr 25, 2008, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

To have more of this plant, just break off a branch and stick it in the ground somewhere else and keep it watered. It doesn't require much else. Many seasons of interest with this plant.

Positive judycooksey On Mar 25, 2006, judycooksey from Pocahontas, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

Brilliant is one of the taller growing sedums, mature height is 15 - 18 with a spread of approximately 18. Extremely low maintenance plant, which is dormant in winter, but nice fleshy green leaves arranged in whorled patterns begin in February, if planted in full sun. Blooms deep pink, starting in July and will continue to bloom until a hard freeze, in zone 7.

Positive donp17 On Aug 13, 2004, donp17 from Arlington, VA wrote:

Great plant. Can even grow (but not thrive) in fairly deep shade, clay soil, and little water. Probably likes sun best. Easy to increase from cuttings.


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

Oak View, California
Bear, Delaware
Griffin, Georgia
Washington, Illinois
Williamsville, Illinois
Atalissa, Iowa
Mechanicsville, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kearney, Nebraska
Greenville, New Hampshire
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Clyde, Ohio
Maumee, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Albion, Pennsylvania
Trafford, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Pocahontas, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Puyallup, Washington

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