Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant'
Brilliant Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop, Upright Sedum
Hylotelephium 'Brilliant', Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant', Sedum 'Brilliant'
Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant', formerly known as Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant', is a perennial succulent that grows up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall. It features masses of tiny, star-like, carmine flowers in large, up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, flattened heads atop stems of fleshy, pale grayish-green leaves growing in upright to slightly spreading clumps.
USDA hardiness zones 3a to 9b: from −40 °F (−40 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
These popular garden plants are easy to grow. Hylotelephiums are ideal for that part of your garden that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. They also grow well in containers.
Hylotelephiums prefer full sun. They tolerate light to partial shade in hot summer climates but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade or overly rich soils.
These succulents do not need rich soil, but they do need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make one yourself.
Hylotelephiums are drought-tolerant once established. The best way to water a Hylotelephium is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until it is dry before watering again.
Feed annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.
Hylotelephiums can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.
Hylotelephium spectabile 'Brilliant' is a popular cultivar of Hylotelephium spectabile, recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
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|Plant Habit:||Herb/Forb |
|Water Preferences:||Mesic |
|Resistances:||Drought tolerant |
|Propagation: Seeds:||Self fertile |
|Pollinators:||Various insects |
|Miscellaneous:||Tolerates poor soil |
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Hylotelephium spectabile (syn. Sedum spectabile) is a species of flowering plant in the stonecrop family Crassulaceae, native to China and Korea. Its common names include showy stonecrop,  ice plant,  and butterfly stonecrop.  Growing to 45 cm (18 in) tall and broad, it is an herbaceous perennial with alternate, simple, toothed leaves on erect, unbranched succulent stems. The star-shaped pink flowers are borne in flat cymes 15 cm (6 in) across, in fall (autumn). 
The specific epithet spectabile means "showy". 
This plant is valued in cultivation, and numerous cultivars have been produced. The species  and the cultivar 'Brilliant'  have both gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
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Stonecrop is a succulent perennial requiring well-drained or gravelly soil with average to low fertility. While the plant does well in full sun, morning or afternoon shade is desirable as well. This plant is drought tolerant and requires little attention. It is easily rooted from stem cuttings.
The fleshy foliage grows with a mounding habit and is attractive even without blooms. The stems can be pruned in summer to obtain a shorter bushier plant but will delay bloom time. The showy flowers appear mid to late summer into fall and attract bees and butterflies. Leaving the seedheads on the plant will add some winter interest.
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