Sedum spathulifolium Cape Blanco description
Golden yellow flowers in the summer.
The evergreen foliage is an unusual white-grey and makes a very neat mat.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
Good for the front of a border, hanging over a wall, in a container, alpine bed or rock garden, by a patio or in a tub and is fairly trouble free in most soils, including heavy or clay ones, provided there are no Vine Weevil in your garden (see ‘Care and maintenance’ below).
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Common name: Cape Blanco Stonecrop.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a small gap at the front of a plant border.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil, also tolerates chalky soil and clay soil.
How much moisture:
Normal or dryish stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
It is susceptible to Vine Weevil which lay their eggs by the plant and these develop into white, banana shaped grubs that chomp the roots. Biological control is pretty good at controlling it.
Size of plant:
Height 10 cm.
Spread 30 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 10 plants per square metre.
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