Sedum, Showy Stonecrop 'Neon'

Sedum spectabile

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sedum (SEE-dum) (Info)
Species: spectabile (speck-TAB-ih-lee) (Info)
Cultivar: Neon
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Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 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:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall




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:

From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

, (2 reports)

Clayton, California

Clovis, California

Elk Grove, California

Fairfield, California

Braselton, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Canton, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Spring Grove, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Sioux Center, Iowa

Lexington, Kentucky

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Ellicott City, Maryland

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Garden City, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Eunice, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Browns Mills, New Jersey

Averill Park, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Clyde, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Salem, Oregon

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Lexington, South Carolina

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Quinlan, Texas

Stafford, Virginia

Wytheville, Virginia

Beverly, West Virginia

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 20, 2015, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I planted this plant September 2012 and it is still struggling to grow 3 years later. It has not flourished. It definitely does not like to be fertilized much in the summer. Mine also flops over and then the stems burn from the sun. Maybe it would do better in less sun, although it is already in part sun. It gets direct mid day sun though. I'll keep trying. . . .


On Aug 8, 2013, marsrover from Allentown, PA wrote:

Bought my neon Sedum in 2009, and it has been a strong performer ever since. I have two other large Sedums (Autumn Fire and Autumn Joy), both of which are larger and definitely try to do the donut sprawl. This is the first year that Neon is trying to do it. All three of my large Sedums are strong attractors of winged insects. However, the bees and wasps have always payed more attention to the flower nectar than to me, even when I am taking their pictures with a macro lens. The Neon is also very popular with human visitors to my backyard. It's very easy to propagate and share with friends.


On Jul 10, 2013, suntique from Lexington, SC wrote:

I don't consider attracting bees a negative feature. In fact, in the garden it is an extremely positive feature. Without bees there would BEE no garden!


On Jun 9, 2008, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Love this plant. Its tough, attracts butterflies, and drought resistant as well. If you want more you literally just break off a piece and stick it in the ground!! Last year I bought one plant and now I have 8!


On Oct 11, 2006, Axiangodexx from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

It attracts bees and flies as well.


On Jan 16, 2005, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Love this bright pink color!
Grew it last year for the first time and it behaved much as my other sedums. Absolutely no care at all. I accidentally broke off a piece and stuck it in the ground in another location and it grew and thrived!
Not bothered by our hot dry summers.

EDITED to add: I changed my rating from pos to neu. I do love this plant but it tends to sprawl and flop from the center out. I will try to upload a pic to show it. The plant is in my front bed and looks kinda bad. Am thinking of moving it to a better place. My other types of sedums dont flop over at all- and theyre much taller.


On Oct 16, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Foliage is light green and the flower is a bright rosy mauve. Prefers partial sun and grows to a height of 24". It is a fast grower, too.


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

I got a tiny piece of this plant this year and it has struggled to live, now I can see it has finally caught hold and is putting on new leaves, I will bring it indoors so it can get a little size on it before I place it back out in the garden next spring. Alonside my autum joy, matrona, frosty morn, and brilliant, sedums it should look just great. I can't wait for the first blooms