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Underrated! Here’s a little Spirit that’s probably not on your radar, though it should be in every garden. You can find a million uses for this perky groundhugger—as a living mulch underneath shrubs or taller Spirits, as an accent in a rock garden, as a component in a green roof. Its succulent, rich green foliage always looks glossy and perfect, setting off other plants handsomely. In summer, starry golden-yellow flowers erupt and make a fine show. But fall is when the magic happens—when nights turn frosty, Kamtschaticum’s foliage often turns shades of crimson, orange, and yellow!
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. There are Sedums with blue, green, gray, purple, red, and yellow foliage, and Sedums with yellow, white, and pink flowers. Kamtschaticum Creeping Stonecrop is native to Russia and parts of China and Japan. Although it’s still not very common, it’s been grown in gardens since the early 1800s.
If you’re a fan of butterflies, then you should consider adding Kamtschaticum Creeping 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 Kamtschaticum Creeping Stonecrop’s golden, nectar-rich blossoms in summer.
How to Grow
They don’t call it Live-Forever for nothing! Kamtschaticum Creeping 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 the flowering stems back after blooming if you find the spent blooms distracting. This will also help the plant put energy into new foliage instead of seed production. Trim any lanky or damaged growth in late winter, before new leaves push out in early spring. Dig and compost clumps that have strayed too far, or move them to another part of the garden.
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