SunSparkler® Cherry Tart Stonecrop
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Scrumptious! SunSparkler® Cherry Tart Stonecrop looks good enough to eat. This decadent new Spirit will bring rich burgundy goodness to your landscape all season long. Its round, succulent leaves form a neat, spreading mound that stays dense without any trimming. In mid- to late summer, raspberry-pink flowers appear and smother the maroon foliage. Use Cherry Tart Stonecrop to cover bare ground beneath trees and shrubs, edge a path or border, or complete a container planting. Bringing a burst of color wherever it goes, but never running rampant or needing a lot of care, this special Spirit is hard to beat!
There are hundreds of species of Stonecrops that grow around the world. These sun-loving and drought-tolerant (usually) Spirits can be found in a dizzying array of forms and colors. There are groundhuggers, clumpers, and even a few small shrubs among them. This selection was developed by Michigan nurseryman Chris Hansen. In 2009, Hansen crossed two Stonecrops, or Sedums, from his breeding program to produce a crop of hybrid offspring. From 3,000 seedlings that ensued, he chose the very best plants for introduction to the public. One of these was SunSparkler® Cherry Tart.
If you’re a fan of butterflies, then you should consider adding SunSparkler® Cherry Tart Stonecrop to your garden. In fact, pollinators of all types are crazy about its blooms. Butterflies, hoverflies, honeybees, bumblebees, and all sorts of underappreciated native pollinators will come to feed at Cherry Tart’s nectar-rich blossoms.
How to Grow
They don’t call it Live-Forever for nothing! Cherry Tart Stonecrop, a.k.a. Live-Forever, is about as easy to grow as they come. Simply site it in a sunny, open space in soil that drains well. The two things it won’t abide are deep shade and soggy soil. Cut plants back in late fall, early winter, or whenever they start to look unsightly. Growth will resume in early spring—Sedum is one of the first Spirits to emerge. Feed with Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer only if growth seems weak and pale.
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