Sedum, Showy Stonecrop 'Frosty Morn'

Hylotelephium erythrostictum

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hylotelephium (hy-loh-te-LEE-fee-um) (Info)
Species: erythrostictum (er-ith-roh-STIK-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Frosty Morn
Synonym:Sedum alboroseum
Synonym:Sedum erythrostichum
Synonym:Sedum labordei
Synonym:Sedum telephium subsp. alboroseum


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall


Grown for foliage




Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Clayton, California

Clovis, California

San Leandro, California

West Hills, California

Denver, Colorado

East Canaan, Connecticut

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Williamsville, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Sioux Center, Iowa

Ewing, Kentucky

Murray, Kentucky

Youngsville, Louisiana

Cumberland, Maryland

Reading, Massachusetts

Pinconning, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Lincoln, Nebraska

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Jefferson, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Clarksville, Tennessee

Munford, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Euless, Texas

Houston, Texas

Irving, Texas

North Richland Hills, Texas

Arlington, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Weirton, West Virginia

Weston, West Virginia

West Bend, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 14, 2014, Krootie from Weirton, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant and flowers are particularly beautiful close-up. It flowers late in summer, and unfortunately the young tender shoots in the spring are eaten by the deer unless protected. They do seem to avoid eating the plant mid summer - until the flowers buds appear.


On Dec 16, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is not nearly as robust as other sedums, but is very useful as an accent plant, a nice bright spot.


On Oct 20, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is not showy on its own; I find it best combined with sedum "Autumn Joy" or "Purple Emperor." Its variegation complements them beautiful and they make a great statement together. You have to watch for all-green sports in the spring and remove them or yes, you will lose the variegation. "Frosty Morn" is also more susceptible to aphids than any of my other sedums, but a quick spray with insecticidal soap a couple times in the spring takes care of that, and the plant is fine the rest of the season. I like "Frosty Morn" a lot and recommend it to anyone who has "Autumn Joy" since they're such a great pair.


On Feb 1, 2006, sedum37 from Westford, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've grown many sedums successfully and have not had good luck with this one. For one thing, I've found the variegation to not be true. On the same plant some of the foliage was solid green losing its variegation. Also the white flowers were not too attractive or showy in my garden. As for growth habit, after the first winter it died back quite a bit. It looked the best when I planted it from the nursery. I guess I have to try it in a different location before I totally give up on this one.


On Jan 26, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

The variegation is very attractive and I love the light pink flowers. It does have a tendency to revert. My information says that it is hardy in zones 3-10. Blooms September-November in my garden.


On Nov 24, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the easiest and prettiest sedum I have. If the stems lay over the flowers will remain upright, , so no problem! loved by my pair of visiting comma butterflies. grows well, slowly increasing zone 8a in UK. Gives a nice contrast.


On Jul 10, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

In comment to the negative.

The drooping problem is caused by low light levels and the soil too being too rich.

It and, in our conditions most Sedum erythrostictum, benefit from a cutting back when they reach about 6-8" in height.

We cut them back by half and again when they reach 12".
This causes a much bushier and more sturdy plant.

If you keep the soil VERY lean they will also develop more slowly and be able to take the weight w/o falling over.



On Jul 6, 2004, lincolnitess from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grew this plant for 4 years and tried it in a number of different location, but was never very impressed with it. It did look nice in the spring, but by mid summer started to fall over and never looked very good the rest of the year. Flower color is not very attractive.


On Jul 5, 2004, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

IU have acqurired a piece of this plant and I stuck it in the ground just anywhere and it is growing so nicely I can't wait until it gets large enough to get a good pic of it.


On Sep 13, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Great form of an old favorite, variegated white/green leaf coloration, takes full sun in 9b, seems stronger stemmed than some of the other varieties.