syn. Hylotelephium, Sedum 'Herbstfreude'
Sunset zones: 1-24.
USDA zones: 3-9.
Height 24 inches (60 cm).
Width: 12-24 inches (30-60 cm).
August to September.
Large corymbs of pink flowers.
Succulent, gray-green leaves with rosy edges on dark burgundy stems.
Light, well-drained soil.
S. 'Matrona' is not a heavy feeder, but I give it a nitrogen boost in spring and side dress with compost or manure.
None needed. However, if you leave the plant intact over winter, prune out dead stems in early spring.
Rainy Side Notes
Click on video to watch how Sedum 'Matrona' changes during the growing season.
This sedum appeared in Germany in Ewald Hugin's garden. It is a cross between Sedum 'Atropurpureum' x S. 'Autumn Joy'. The word matrone in German means a lady of well rounded form. What a perfect name for this robust succulent, named Perennial of the Year 2000 by Plant Publicity Holland in Europe.
S. 'Matrona' dies back down to the ground every year. In the spring, you will notice what looks like little cabbages around the base of the plant, as the rosettes get ready to spring into growth. The flowers open a light green, coloring to a rosy pink and by fall turning bronze-red. Leave the flowers intact through winter to add winter interest. This cultivar is a good forage plant for bees and butterflies.
Photographed in author's garden.