Sedum, Showy Stonecrop 'Vera Jameson'


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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:




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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

Scarlet (dark red)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Quinlan, Texas

Stafford, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Beverly, West Virginia

Casper, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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)

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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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 sup... read more