Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' AUTUMN JOY

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 5 Professionals
Common Name: stonecrop
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Crassulaceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: September to October
Bloom Description: Rosy pink buds turning to red
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

Culture

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil 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 soil, but does surprising well in heavy clay. Drought and heat tolerant, particularly once established.

Noteworthy Characteristics

A clump-forming perennial that features masses of tiny, star-like flowers which emerge pink, gradually change to deep rose-red and then coppery-rust in autumn as they die. Flowers appear in large, 3-6" across, flattened heads (cymes) atop stems of grayish-green, fleshy, rounded, succulent-like leaves growing in upright to slightly spreading clumps, typically to 2' tall. Commonly called stonecrop in reference to the frequent sighting of the genus in the wild growing on rocks or stony ledges. Attractive to butterflies throughout the growing season. Foliage and dead inflorescences persist well into the winter providing some additional interest.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Provides color and contrast to the border front or rock garden, when massed or planted in groups. Effective edging plant. Also has good specimen value.