About this cultivar:
Sedum telephium (Atropurpureum Group) 'Karfunkelstein' was fancied as one of the rising stars at the 2006 RHS Sedum Trials. This exceptional Ernest Pagels prodigy has a dainty demeanor. Copious rose red buds and small dusky pink flower heads crest a close-knit sea of upright multibranched green stems infused with lavish beet red shades. Ideal for gardens where space is scarce, the short stalwart stalks never flop and are clad in toothed gray-green spoon-shaped leaves with slate purple overtones, heightening Karfunkelstein’s prismatic presentation.
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Almost any soil
- Flowers: August, September, October
- Other features: Grows well in Ballyrobert, Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM)
- Hardiness: Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Habit: Clump forming
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Height: 30 - 45 cm (1- 1.5 ft)
- Spread: 30 - 45 cm (1- 1.5 ft)
- Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
- Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial
- Colour: Green, purple, black
- Goes well with: --
About this genus:
Sedum (see-dum) is a huge genus of flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, members of which are commonly known as stonecrops, orpine, or even waterplants. The name Sedum comes from Latin to assuage, from the healing properties it was supposed to have.
The genus has been described as containing up to 600 diverse species of leaf succulents that are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, varying widely in height and size. The plants have water-storing leaves - hence one of the common names. Most Sedum are known for their colourful, fleshy, succulent foliage and yellow, pink, or white flowers. Sedum foliage colour can include green, purple, blue, yellow, or even variegated with multiple colours. In the autumn sedum leaves may take on reddish or copper hues.
Tough yet delightful, beloved by butterflies and bees, these succulent perennials flourish even in lean and mean soils. The blooms assert a decidedly horizontal element to the garden as long lasting, flat umbels of starry flowers emerge from buds in broccolilike clusters. Supported by stout, sturdy stems, the blooms mature through a range of colours, extending the visual delight well into winter.
In nature, most Sedum occur in light shade while a few are also well-adapted to full sun situations. Their xeric nature makes Sedums popular for use in rock gardens, roof gardens, wall gardens, and living wreaths. However the cultivars we grow and offer here do well in our heavy clay soil and damp - so they are a versatile plant.
Try pairing tall Sedum with plants like Kniphofia, Hemerocallis, Salvia, and Euphorbia. The shorter Sedum look great filling in the ground beneath things like Paeonia, Rudbeckia, and Iris. I think they look best at the front of the border or by a path - they make a great sight the way they capture water droplets and people always stop to look!