Sedum 'Cherry Tart' PPAF
  Series Name: SUNSPARKLER® Series
Common Name: Stonecrop
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

 This new groundcover type Sedum offers never-before-seen cherry red foliage and a short, compact mounded habit.  It holds its red foliage color from spring through fall. 

From late August thru September here in Michigan, large clusters of pink flowers top the colorful foliage.   

Low, spreading Sedums form a solid mat of foliage which is excellent for covering slopes or can be planted as a groundcover in sunny, dry areas. They are extremely drought tolerant and many are evergreen. These are terrific low-maintenance plants that always look their best.

 

Sedum SUNSPARKLER® Series--

This colorful new series of Sedum comes from the breeding work of Chris Hansen.  After several years of hybridizing and evaluating in his West Michigan field trials, Chris has selected only the best, most unique cultivars for introduction in his new SUNSPARKLER® series. 

His first three introductions are colorful groundcover types that were selected from over 4,000 seedlings.  They all retain their attractive coloration from spring through fall and are free of the leaf scorch that can often plague Sedums.  Their compact habit and unique foliage/flower combinations greatly broaden the range of groundcover type Sedums that are currently on the market.  They can also be used in combination containers and green roof systems. 

Like all Sedums, they thrive on neglect and show their best colors when grown dry and in full sun.

Breeder: Chris Hansen

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  4-6 Inches
Spread:
  18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
  Red shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Rock Garden
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Bare Root: #1 Grade (25ct)
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Drought Tolerant
Edging
Ground cover
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Sedum is one of the most popular perennials grown in American gardens because it is very easy to grow and hardy in most areas of the country. Because of its thick, succulent leaves which can store water, sedum is drought tolerant. It should be sited in average to poor soil that is well-drained. Plants grown in rich soil tend to be lanky and open. Most varieties should be grown in full sun to light shade. The lower growing types, however, typically can survive in partial shade.

This plant is not usually bothered by pests or diseases. The seed heads provide winter interest and food for birds. Remove them in spring when the new growth begins to show.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'
Common Name: Thyme-Red Creeping
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sempervivum 'Red Beauty'
Common Name: Hen & Chicks
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Maestro' PP20094
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Liriope muscari 'Big Blue'
Common Name: Lily-turf-Blue
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Lavandula angustifolia 'Essence Purple' PPAF
Common Name: Lavender-English
5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.