Hylotelephium spectabile 'Stardust'

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Buy Hylotelephium spectabile 'Stardust' ice plant ( syn. Sedum ): A late season, white flowering succulent perennial sedum stonecrop

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: August to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Easy to grow, drought tolerant and particularly good in poor thin soils, this succulent-leaved ice plant forms clumps of grey-green leaves from which emerge flat-topped white flowerheads that persist and makes for frost-attractive winter interest. Excellent as a late season nectar source for butterflies and bees, ‘Stardust’ sprinkles it’s magic well into the autumn and is a stellar plant for the front of a sunny border; the flowers can also be cut for the vase.

  • 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 (RHS 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. Lift and divide every few years to maintain and refresh vigour.

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