Showy Stonecrop

Hylotelephium spectabile

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hylotelephium (hy-loh-te-LEE-fee-um) (Info)
Species: spectabile (speck-TAB-ih-lee) (Info)
Synonym:Sedum spectabile
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Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

By simple layering

By serpentine layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Montrose, Arkansas

Elk Grove, California

Hesperia, California

Eagle, Colorado

Englewood, Colorado

Killingworth, Connecticut

Braselton, Georgia

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Palatine, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Sharpsville, Indiana

Warren, Indiana

Belle Plaine, Kansas

Hutchinson, Kansas

Hanson, Kentucky

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Hemlock, Michigan

Jefferson City, Missouri

Buffalo, New York

Staten Island, New York

Van Wert, Ohio

Comanche, Oklahoma

Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Middleton, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Frisco, Texas

Kempner, Texas

Arlington, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Moxee, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


On Sep 8, 2005, Photographer from Moxee, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

I got a small pint clump of this variety from my sister when visiting her home and found it thrived in our garden's poorest soil with next to no water or care. Sedum Spectabile is pretty. I happened to pick up 3 other kinds of sedum/stonecrop varieties at 2 different nursuries by pocketing fragments of broken leaves and stems off the floor and ground. I took them home to my garden and now have a total of 4 varieties; Autumn Joy, Neon and another I forget. Anyway ....... a cheap way to add flowers. I can't believe I got them all for free. They're all quite nice and I share them with anyone who expreses an interest in them. They are the lowest of maintenance and each variety has its own unique attributes making them desireable individually. I especially love the bees finding them so... read more


On Jun 5, 2005, TokyoRose702 from Frisco, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Okay Folks! After a much frustrating endeavor I have come to find that this Sedum spectabile aka Showy Stonecrop is EASILY mistaked to be Autumn Joy Stonecrop... yep, the nursery I bought it from had the wrong markers in it...I was pulling my hair out thinking I was short changing these plants and letting them down somehow; never seeing that "famous autumn color change" - HA! They were doing great all along. Thank God you guys know the difference! Can't tell you how many wesites have it wrong... a great performer in its own right, but don't expect any strong color! :) Only pale green broccoli like florets to creamy white tiny flowers with the palest pink centers...then slowly brown with age...


On Apr 4, 2005, greenlarry from Darlington
United Kingdom wrote:

This is a very easy plant to grow and propagate. I grew one from a leaf simply placed in moist soil. Tho it is a succulent the leaves are thin and so it does need a fair amount of water- it is usually now grown as a garden plant,flowering in autumn thus providing food for late butterflies- but I will be growing it as an indoor plant, as it used to be.


On Sep 26, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

We love this plant because of the butterflies it attracts in September when it flowers here (St John's, Newfoundland). Some years we have 5+ species, but this seems a poor year (2004); so far we've only had one Painted lady (It also attracts bees, wasps etc!) It also adds fall colour to the garden and, as others have mentioned is very easy to grow and propagate.


On Aug 25, 2003, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

i am growing these for the first time. mailorder plants were small when i put them out in spring and theyve quadrupled in size.autumn joy is starting to turn brick red. they require no care and i cant wait til theyre in their full autumn glory in a couple of months. also have a neon pink and its been blooming for a month now. thought it would be gaudy but its gorgeous. will definitely be taking cuttings to put them everywhere!!!!


On Nov 18, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Many named cultivars are available with varying flower color and foliage color.

Extremely easy to propagate: any stem broken off will root when inserted into any soil.


On Sep 27, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

A clump forming and well-behaved plant that adds a nice show of color late in the gardening season. The fleshy leaves are slightly toothed and grow to 3-inches long. Plants prefer good drainage and they're very tolerent of poor dry soils. Flowers are born in early autumn and a favorite of bees and butterflies.