General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Cactus/Succulent
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Inflorescence Height: 24 inches
Foliage Mound Height: 18 inches
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant
Child plants: 2 child plants

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Common names
  • Sedum
  • Showy Stonecrop
  • Butterfly Stonecrop
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Hylotelephium spectabile
  • Synonym: Sedum spectabile
Also sold as:
  • Autumn Joy

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Photo by Cat
Location: Belmont garden, dry spot
Date: 2013-09-26
Location: Belmont, full sun
Date: 2014-08-26
Location: Belmont, full sun
Date: 2014-08-26
Location: Belmont, full sun
Date: 2014-08-26
Location: Local nursery
Date: 2015-09-13
Location: Belmont, full sun
Date: 2014-08-26
Location: Belmont, full sun
Date: 2014-08-26

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
Location: Belmont garden, dry spot
Date: 2013-09-26
Several heuchera are in front of it.
Photo by Cat

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
Photo by dave
Photo by dave
Photo by jon

Photo Courtesy of Garden Perennials. Used with Permission.
Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8
Date: 2013-06-20
Photo by dave
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Comments:
  • Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 6, 2015 5:24 PM concerning plant:
    This is my favorite non-native (to U.S.) plant. At this time I have one left, but it is next door to an ever growing spruce tree.

    One reason I like this so well is that it is a bumblebee magnet. It is a late bloomer, so it is a good food source for these bees when many things have faded. I have since planted more asters and other late-flowering U.S. natives that will replace the other sedums we yanked out of the ground. Another reason I enjoyed this is its early neat growing habit. It forms a nice round ball. But as it gets taller, heavy rains will cause it to flop in all directions, much like the native Tallgrass Prairie plants I have around the yard.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 16, 2014 4:08 PM concerning plant:
    Begins blooming in late summer with flat pink heads that gradually darken to a rust shade and hold well into winter. I don't cut the seed heads back until I see new growth in early spring. Plants may flop if grown in too much shade or in rich soil, otherwise an easy and reliable fall plant.
  • Posted by sedumzz (Your local refrigerator - Zone 7a) on Apr 6, 2021 12:40 PM concerning plant:
    ~~Sedumzzs' Plant Review~~

    I have a small cutting of this from my old clump. This variety is slightly larger than 'Brilliant' and has much bluer leaves. It has rooted very fast.

    Rating: 4/5
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Mar 4, 2010 4:47 AM concerning plant:
    I just don't know how any plant can be easier than Sedum Autumn Joy. It is not bothered by deer, rabbits, bugs, or insects, and difficult weather seems to have no effect on it. It is a prolific grower.
  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Sep 8, 2022 10:54 AM concerning plant:
    'Autumn Joy' has star-like flowers which emerge pink, gradually change to deep rose-red and then coppery-rust in autumn as they die.
  • Posted by sedumzz (Your local refrigerator - Zone 7a) on Feb 2, 2021 1:32 PM concerning plant:
    --Plant Review--
    I have had this plant for as far as I can remember, but since I moved last year I wasn't able to bring a cutting Sad I have a small cutting that is still rooting. I will have to see how it fares!

    Leaves:
    The leaves are like spoons, and have a waxy coating. When it rains, the raindrops stay as little bubbles (the leaves are water-resistant). Very fun to play with. I've heard of rubbing them, and blowing them up as a balloon. Anyways, picking the leaves off does not harm the plant. Leaves are pastel turquoise.

    Flowers and seeds:
    Bees and butterflies adore this plant. My high score was 10 bees on one plant. :3 The flowers are tiny and have five petals. They are pink and pretty. They bloom summer/autumn. The seeds and stems look nice in the winter and look really decorative.

    Dormancy:
    Dormant in winter, like my other hylotelephiums. They make compact clumps and look great. The spent stems are hollow and have whitish tint.
  • Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Jan 23, 2012 6:50 AM concerning plant:
    Sedum Autumn Joy is easily propagated by breaking off a piece, stripping it, and burying the lowest node. It needs some available soil moisture during rooting, but very little. Overwatering will cause the cutting to rot.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 7, 2013 6:49 PM concerning plant:
    Autumn Joy is one of the older Sedums in my garden. Like all of the upright Sedums, it is very attractive to honey and bumble bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 29, 2011 3:26 PM concerning plant:
    In September and October, this sedum is usually the only bloom I can always count on. Our recent summers have been hot and dry here in western KY, but that doesn't seem to bother this sedum at all.
Plant Events from our members
Horntoad On September 17, 2014 Bloomed
Chillybean On April 6, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Removed most of these plants from the north side of the house. Only one remains, but looks to be nearly bowled over by an expanding spruce.
MissMew On May 1, 2002 Obtained plant
Lalambchop1 On August 15, 2015 Obtained plant
Was sent a clump from Jackie & Dan. Divided it and planted the new ones in the nursery bed.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' by valleylynn Jan 25, 2013 7:51 PM 16
Sedum Autum Joy pic with 3 asters by CDsSister Jan 30, 2013 7:19 PM 3
What an outstanding photograph! by lovemyhouse Nov 27, 2013 10:33 AM 2

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