Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
Tall and Majestic Dark Red Stonecrop
In 2002, Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ was awarded the Outstanding Perennial
Plant Award from the International Hardy Plant Union, an achievement
that is easy to believe.
This is one of the stateliest of the taller Sedum telephium
varieties, with deepest purple stems, and stiff leaves arranged in steps
up the stem.
The blooms are the typical arrangement of broccoli
like buds, opening into a cluster of dark mahogany flowers.
Unfortunately, they're not long lived, but the bees and butterflies in
the xeric garden will flock to the landing pad formed by the opening
Sedum varieties of all kinds are amongst the best plants
for bees, with constantly opening blooms in sequence for many weeks,
and Sedum Purple Emperor is no exception.
The nectar is ambrosia for many wild bees, bumblebees and other pollinators.
late July and into September, the blooms of Purple Emperor Sedum
combine with xeric garden plants such as Rudbeckia and its golden daisy
flowers accented with the dark brown eye, other stonecrops such as Sedum
Brilliant with its bright pink flowers and pale celadon blue foliage, Autumn Joy Sedum and the contrasting salmon pink blooms.
of my favorite combinations are Sedum Purple Emperor with the brightly
contrasting Achillea ‘Moonlight’ with its lemon blooms and grey finely
cut foliage, offset by some of the spiky Sempervivum tectorum planted at their base.
Emperor Sedum is one of the very best red sedum, and planted at the
back of smaller selections it forms a lovely dark backdrop. Somber, yet
majestic, it’s a backbone plant in my garden.
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