Stonecrop Growing Guide

Hylotelephium spectabile (formerly Sedum spectabile)


Crop Rotation Group



Fertile, well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes, stonecrop is cold hardy once established, with the hardiest cultivars tolerating temperatures down to -35°C (-30°F).


In early spring as new growth emerges, feed plants with a balanced organic fertiliser.


Single Plants: 20cm (7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 20cm (7") with 20cm (7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant dormant roots or container-grown plants in spring. Stonecrop roots very quickly and should show new growth within two weeks. Stems that break off during transplanting can be rooted in small containers of potting soil. Stonecrop is easily propagated by rooting stem cuttings taken from spring to early summer.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Stonecrop is a stalwart perennial that produces rosy flower umbels in summer that ripen to reddish brown in the autumn. Use stonecrop as a feature plant in perennial beds, where it will attract bees and other pollinators with their nectar-rich flowers. In spring, prune back the previous year’s stems to make room for vigorous new growth.


Gather stems of stonecrop for use in cut arrangements as you need them. Leave remaining flowers on the plants through winter.


Stonecrop has few pest problems. Wet winter conditions can lead to root rot, so be sure to choose a well-drained planting site.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Stonecrop