Kamschatca Stonecrop, Russian Stonecrop
Sedum kamtschaticum

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sedum (SEE-dum) (Info)
Species: kamtschaticum (kam-SHAY-ti-kum) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Mobile, Alabama

Juneau, Alaska

Seward, Alaska

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Hesperia, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Orlando, Florida

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Atalissa, Iowa

Delhi, Iowa

Baldwin City, Kansas

Westbrook, Maine

West Friendship, Maryland

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Hibbing, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

Blue Springs, Missouri

Brunswick, Missouri

Camdenton, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Oxford, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Cleveland, Ohio

Clyde, Ohio

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Beverly, West Virginia

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Thiensville, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

7
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 24, 2012, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I purchased this plant last year because I loved the way it crowded its pot while some of the other sedum on the nursery shelf seemed a little too whimpy. I put half of the plant in a spot that receives about five hours of sun and the other half in a shallow, twelve inch pot in full sun. I worried that neither would make it through the drought, but both did so well that I have pulled a bit of a start from the potted plant to restart in a pot and planted the rest in a very well-drained hot bed in full sun. I love the growth habit of this plant but have yet to see those lovely yellow blooms. Maybe this year?

Positive

On Feb 13, 2010, temafilly from Oconomowoc, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I recieved this as a free-bie, left it by the air conditioner potted in a converted milk jug over the winter and finally planted it in the shallow well of a flagpole planter (about 3" deep, in awful soil). More abuse one really couldn't have piled on it, and not only did it survive, but thrived. Highly recommended for the most inhospitable spots where nothing else grows, as long as it gets enough sun. In fall, the reddened leaf is striking combined with the brown seed heads and splashes of the original chartruse color where not yet frost bitten.

Positive

On May 27, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I rate this species at part shade too - it will grows happily along with Dragon Blood Sedum in regular garden soil in the eastern part of the United States. Will shrug off droughts and heavy rains that drench the soil along with large amounts of snow that sit over a long period of time. Will also shrug off crown rot brought by fallen leaves during dormancy that will kill some of the other sedums. I would agree that seedlings is rare and also once in a while it will root from cut plant stems but usually stays in clumps so it won't make good groundcover for large areas - it's best for small areas if planted in poor soils or stressed environment.

Note: Seem to prefer sandy soil - except on slopes and dry spots like under the roof overhangs clay soils may give it troubles but I... read more

Positive

On Nov 17, 2007, kd2000 from toronto
Canada wrote:

This plant does very well in my zone 4/5 Canadian garden, it is certainly not a weed, but can be direct sown with relative ease. It provides early spring light green colour in the rock garden, followed by nice bright yellow flowers and keeps its light green foliage well into October before turning a light red in late fall. It is hardy, looks great and low maintenance.

Positive

On Mar 15, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This sedum helps to fill the gaps between steppingstones and plants. It also grows on the roof of my garden shed. It needs little soil to grow an can stand the dry, hot and sunny conditions there making a nice tapestry at the same time.

Positive

On Jul 9, 2004, lincolnitess from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

I use this sedum to edge some of my flower beds and like it because it greens up and starts growing very early in the spring and gives me something green to look at before much else is growing. I do have to go around once a year and dig back any that is spreading too far into my beds, but it is swallow rooted so this is easy to do. I never water it and it does great planned right next to the sidewalk and street.

Positive

On Aug 9, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the groundcover to cover that trouble-spot. Mine grows over a downspout and completely covers it up by June. I never water it. Weeds barely sprout in it. All I do is cut back the dead plants before spring growth starts. The yellow flowers cover it in mid summer. I does self seed a very little bit. Its vegetative spread is easily contained. It's happy with only morning sun along a NE wall.