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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Oct 22, 2013 10:07 AM CST
I submitted a photo of Sedum acre 'Aureum' which is in the general Sedum acre listing, and am wondering if there should be a separate entry for the 'Aureum' cultivar? My photo does not match up all that well with the others, which all show a more yellowish bloom. I also don't remember if my plant opens up to yellow or if it is in fact white as it appears in the bud stage. I am not a sedum collector, just making an observation.
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zuzu
Oct 22, 2013 12:30 PM CST

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Sedum acre var. aureum is a synonym for Sedum acre. Some nurseries sell the plant as Sedum acre 'Aureum,' but this is not actually the cultivar name.

Aureum is a Latin word meaning "golden," so your plant either turns yellow at some point or was mislabeled.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Oct 22, 2013 1:06 PM CST
Thanks for the clarification Zuzu. I also looked at more photos online and found several with whitish buds like mine. I believe this may have opened up yellow but I don't have a photo to confirm that - will watch for it next season. It did spread out nicely, so is a keeper in any event.
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valleylynn
Oct 22, 2013 2:23 PM CST
This is going to be a problem in the Sedum database, as there are so many variants of Sedum acre that come from different areas of the world. Each with a unique difference. There really is a difference in the one that is know as Sedum acre var. aureum, and there are other S. acre with differences.
http://www.sedumphotos.net/v/sedum-a/

Deb yours looks like Sedum acre 'Elegans'. The creamy variagation is a spring time coloration that will fade as the summer approaches. http://www.sedumphotos.net/v/sedum-a/Sedum+acre+Elegans+_1_....


I believe all the Sedum acre bloom yellow.
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zuzu
Oct 22, 2013 2:29 PM CST

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It shouldn't be a problem. Unique differences in appearance are irrelevant if there are no differences in DNA. Many species and subspecies encompass plants with varying growth characteristics, varying bloom colors, etc.
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Bonehead
Oct 22, 2013 3:16 PM CST
Oh shoot, and I've totally misplaced my DNA test kit -- just kidding, of course. Must make it difficult for you admin/moderators to keep things straight. I do appreciate the care that is given to the veracity of the database though. Kudos to all.
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