Sedum 'Jose Aubergine'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: August to October
- Flower colour: pink
- Other features: attractive to butterflies and bees
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Strong growth produces a clump of fleshy, deep purple foliage, which from late summer is crowned with clusters of dusky pink flowers. The upright habit is quite sturdy, so it rarely becomes floppy or needs support as the plant matures. Thriving in sunny, well-drained conditions, it makes a fine addition to the gravel or seaside garden, and will be very comfortable in a pot.
- Garden care: The flowerheads look great left during the winter to add shape and texture to your border. In February and March cut back the old flowerheads and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Once established, sedums can have a tendency to flop leaving an open and unsightly centre, especially in fertile soil. One technique to help prevent this is the 'Chelsea chop'. During the last week of May (Chelsea Flower Show week), cut one in every three stems back to the ground. This will produce plants that are less lush and flower slightly later.
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