Hylotelephium, Sedum, Showy Stonecrop 'Matrona'

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)
Cultivar: Matrona
Synonym:Sedum spectabile
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Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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


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

Clayton, California

HOOPA, California

Hesperia, California

Knights Landing, California

Aurora, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Brookfield, Connecticut

Marietta, Georgia

New Plymouth, Idaho

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

Allentown, Pennsylvania

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 14, 2015, cmackie from Allentown, PA wrote:

I moved this plant last fall because it was crowded and hidden behind a shrub. It was growing beautifully in the new location until it was devoured by deer. I don't know why I thought it was deer resistant. There isn't a single blossom left. It has been eaten down to the base.


On Aug 5, 2011, growin from Beautiful, 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.


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 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' ..it 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 F... read more


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?


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

Also known as Sedum telephium.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.