Hylotelephium spectabile 'Neon'
Common Name: hylotelephium
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Crassulaceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to October
Bloom Description: Neon pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

Culture

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates very light shade, but stems tend to topple over from the weight of the flower heads when grown in too much shade. Prefers well-drained gravelly soils of moderate to low fertility. Drought and heat tolerant, particularly once established.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Neon’ is a clump-forming perennial hylotelephium that is commonly called showy stonecrop. It typically grows in upright to slightly spreading clumps to 15-20” tall. ‘Neon’ is reportedly a sport of Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Brilliant’, and is generally considered to be an improvement over the latter by reason of its slightly shorter plant height, more intensely colored flowers and larger/more rounded flower heads. Dense masses of tiny, star-like, bright neon pink (magenta to deep pink) flowers bloom in large, rounded, flattened heads (cymes to 6” across) atop stout stems clad with fleshy, rounded, succulent-like, light gray-green leaves. Long late summer to fall bloom period. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. Foliage and dead inflorescences persist well into the winter providing some additional interest. Some hylotelephiums/sedums are commonly called stonecrop in reference to the frequent sighting of the plants in the wild growing on rocks or stony ledges. Some authorities have separated upright plants such as those belonging to the within species from the genus Sedum into the genus Hylotelephium, however other authorities still include this species in the genus Sedum. Regardless of the nomenclature, Hylotelephium spectabile ‘Neon’ and Sedum spectabile ‘Neon’ are in fact synonymous.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Rock gardens or border fronts. Best when planted in groups or massed. Effective edger. Containers.