Fat plants

Grass from corns, E. pignola - Sedum acre


GeneralitŠ°


Genus of six hundred species of succulent plants endowed with fleshy leaves, annual and perennial, rustic, semirustical and delicate.
The rustic species are suitable for borders, for the rock garden and for dry stone walls.
The other species are greenhouse plants, although some are suitable as a houseplant. The Sedum are cultivated for the very ornamental flowers and for the shape and colors of the leaves.

The flowers




They are star-shaped in different shades of yellow, pink and white and are grouped in terminal flusks that are often flattened.
Varieties: Among the rustic species we mention the Sedum acre called Erba Pignola high from 3 to 5 centimeters, an evergreen perennial with yellow green leaves leaning against each other. The yellow flowers bloom in large numbers in June - July.
Sedum Album, called Pinocchiella, an evergreen perennial, forms a carpet of vegetation with pink stems and ovoid or cylindrical leaves, also pink. The white flowers bloom in July.
S. Caeruleum, 10 - 15 cm tall, annual with light green ovate leaves. The leaves and stems turn red at the beginning of flowering. The flowers, blue with a white center, appear from May to July.
S. Roseum: 35 cm tall, perennial with a fleshy rhizome that has a dry scent of pink with sharp blue leaves. The greenish-yellow or red flowers bloom from June to August.
Among the greenhouse species we mention: S. Sieboldii: prostrate species with flattened gray-blue leaves, with pink toothed margins arranged in a rosette on the stems. In October at the extremities of the stems, pink flowers appear gathered in corymbs. In mild climate regions the plant can be grown outdoors. There is a variety called S. Medium Variegatum with greyish leaves with a creamy yellow spot in the center. S. Morganianum, prostrated with stems 30 - 60 cm long, fleshy gray - light green leaves. The light pink flowers bloom from June to September. Both S. Morganianum and Sieboldi are suitable for hanging baskets.

Exposure


well lit by indirect light

Grass from corns, E. pignola - Sedum acre: Other characteristics of cultivation


Temperature:
the winter minimum must be at least ten degrees.
watering:
water well in the summer, letting the soil dry before watering. In winter keep the soil moist.
Soil: a good mixture of pot with sand to help drainage.
fertilizing:
in spring and summer a liquid fertilizer is added to the water.
Multiplication: it is sown between January and March in a pot mixture with the addition of a quarter of sand. On the well-wet surface the seeds are scattered, which should not be buried, but sprayed with water to adhere to the ground. The seedbed must be kept in the shade at 13-18 degrees centigrade, the shoots appearing is exposed to a more intense lighting.
The cuttings are obtained by cutting the tips of the stems.
Pests and diseases: among the pests we remember the floury cochineal.