Angelina Sedum Plants: How To Care For Sedum ‘Angelina’ Cultivars

Are you looking for a low maintenance groundcover for a sandy bed or rocky slope? Or maybe you’d like to soften an unyielding stone wall by tucking brightly colored, shallow rooting perennials into the cracks and crevices. Sedum ‘Angelina’ cultivars are excellent succulents for sites like these. Continue reading this article for tips on growing Angelina stonecrop.

About Sedum ‘Angelina’ Plants

Sedum ‘Angelina’ cultivars are scientifically known as Sedum reflexum or Sedum rupestre. They are native to rocky, mountainous slopes in Europe and Asia, and are hardy in U.S. hardiness zones 3-11. Also commonly called Angelina stonecrop or Angelina stone orpine, Angelina sedum plants are low growing, spreading plants that only get about 3-6 inches (8-15 cm.) tall, but can spread up to 2-3 feet (61-91 cm.) wide. They have small shallow roots, and as they spread, they produce small roots from lateral stems that penetrate the small crevices in the rocky terrain, anchoring the plant.

Sedum ‘Angelina’ cultivars are known for their brightly colored chartreuse to yellow, needle-like foliage. This foliage is evergreen in warmer climates, but in cooler climates the foliage turns an orange to burgundy color in autumn and winter. Although they are mostly grown for their foliage color and texture, Angelina sedum plants do produce yellow, star-shaped flowers in mid- to late summer.

Growing Angelina Stonecrop in the Garden

Angelina sedum plants will grow in full sun to part shade; however, too much shade can cause them to lose their bright yellowish foliage color. They will grow in almost any well-draining soil, but actually thrive best in sandy or gravely soils with low nutrients. Angelina cultivars cannot tolerate heavy clay or waterlogged sites.

In the right location, Angelina sedum plants will naturalize. To quickly fill in a site with this colorful, low maintenance groundcover, it is recommended that plants be spaced 12 inches (30 cm.) apart.

Like other sedums plants, once established, it will become drought resistant, making Angelina excellent for use in xeriscaped beds, rock gardens, sandy sites, firescaping or spilling over stone walls or containers. However, container grown plants will need regular watering.

Rabbit and deer rarely bother Angelina sedum plants. Aside from regular waterings as they establish, there is virtually no other required plant care for Angelina.

Plants can be divided every few years. New sedum plants can be propagated by simply snipping off some tip cuttings and placing them where you want them to grow. Cutting can also be propagated in a trays or pots filled with sandy soil.

Angelina Sedum foliage

Angelina Sedum foliage

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Angelina Sedum

Angelina Sedum

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Plant Height: 5 inches

Flower Height: 8 inches

Spacing: 10 inches


Hardiness Zone: 3a

Other Names: Sedum reflexum


Golden yellow needle-like foliage; yellow flowers in early summer

Ornamental Features

Angelina Sedum is smothered in stunning yellow star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its attractive succulent needle-like leaves remain gold in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Angelina Sedum is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Angelina Sedum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Angelina Sedum will grow to be only 5 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Gertens Sizes and Prices

Sedum rupestre Angelina – Buy alpines

Sedum Angelina description

Glowing bronzy yellow foliage throughout the whole year – looking really spectacular in colder weather.
Do not put anywhere near smaller plants – this plant is quite a thug!

Yellow flowers on tall stems in the summer.

A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.

How easy is it to grow:
Good for a large space in the front of a border, on a bank, hanging over a wall or on rough ground and it thrives (often too much!) in most soils, including heavy or clay ones, provided there are no Vine Weevil in your garden (see ‘Care and maintenance’ below).

Common name: Angelina Stonecrop.

Sedum rupestre Angelina in July

The best position in the garden:

Prefers sun.

Is it useful as a ground cover plant?

Yes, in time it will fill a large space at the front of a flower border.

What type of soil:

Any reasonable soil, also tolerates chalky soil and tolerates clay soil.

How much moisture:

Normal or dryish stony.

Hardiness and, or, lifespan:


Care and maintenance:

When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
You may have to be quite ruthless in keeping this within bounds, but be aware that every bit of plant debris dropped will root and grow into a new plant!

It is susceptible to Vine Weevil which lay their eggs by the plant and these develop into white, banana shaped grubs that chomp the roots. Biological control is pretty good at controlling it.

Size of plant:

Height 20 cm.

Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:

Allow 1 plant per square metre.

Buy alpines, herbs, wildflowers, perennials and ornamental grasses.

Scientific Name

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Common Names

Angelina Stonecrop, Golden Sedum


Sedum ‘Angelina’

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sedum


Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ is a low-growing, mat-forming, evergreen perennial, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall, with a brilliant golden-yellow foliage. The needle-like leaves turn reddish-orange in fall and winter. Clusters of vibrant yellow, star-shaped flowers appear in summer on up to 8 inches (20 cm) long stems.


USDA hardiness zones 5a to 9b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedums, keep in mind that this plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant.

For taller varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily and a new plant will be established in a season or two.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ is a yellow-leaved cultivar of Sedum rupestre.


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Sedum will form roots all along its stems, making it easy to propagate

Question: I have some sedums growing along my driveway, and I’d like to have more of them. They bloom beautifully in the late summer. Someone told me I can take cuttings of them. Is that true? If so, how and when do I do it?

Answer: Sedums are one of the easiest plants to start from vegetative cuttings. Taller, fall-blooming varieties, such as ‘Autumn Joy’ and ‘Brilliant,’ as well as the creeping sedums (also called stonecrops), are easily propagated via cuttings. In fact, the stems of creeping sedums often root all along the length of their stems wherever they contact the soil.

There are two ways you can start more sedum plants. One is to take stem cuttings and the other is to take leaf cuttings. No matter which technique you choose, this task is best performed in the early spring, when the plant reaches about 4 inches in height.

Starting new sedums from stem cuttings is a very simple way to propagate them. When you take a stem cutting, you’re removing a portion of stem from the mother plant and forcing it to generate an entirely new root system.

To take stem cuttings, start with a clean pair of scissors, a few small plastic pots, a bag of sterile potting mix, a container of rooting hormone and a handful of clear plastic baggies and twist-ties. Fill each pot with damp potting mix and lightly tamp it down. Cut several 2-inch-long stem pieces off the mother plant with the scissors. Each stem section should have at least two growth nodes (the place where the leaves meet the stem). Remove the lower leaves, but keep two or three of the leaves on the top because they will provide the energy needed to grow new roots.

Dip the bottom inch of each freshly cut stem into rooting hormone and then firmly insert it into a container of potting soil all the way up to the bottom of the remaining leaf.

Place one cutting in each pot, then water the soil and allow the pot to drain. Put each individual potted cutting into a clear plastic baggie with the opening at the top. Use a twist-tie to secure the baggie closed — this keeps the humidity high and prevents the cutting from drying out until it can form its own roots in a few weeks. Place the covered pots on a bright windowsill or in a shady spot in the garden.

Remove the bags and water the pots as necessary, always allowing them to drain before putting them back into the bag. In about a month, you can remove the bags and continue to water as necessary. Two weeks later, the plants will be ready to plant in the garden.

You also can make more sedums by taking leaf cuttings. This method takes a bit longer, but each leaf cutting can result in dozens of tiny plants. Leaf cuttings use a single leaf, or a portion of a leaf, to generate new plants. This mother leaf does not become a part of the new plant(s); it rots away.

To make a leaf cutting, remove a single leaf from a sedum plant, using a clean, sharp knife. Dip the base of the leaf into rooting hormone, and then insert the bottom half of the leaf into a pot filled with sterile potting mix. Cover the cutting with a plastic baggie and keep it well-watered. A new plantlet will grow where the cut leaf contacts the potting mix.

You also can take a single leaf, nick the outer edge with a sharp knife in several places, dust the nicks with rooting hormone, then pin the leaf flat onto the potting soil. Within a few weeks, small plantlets will grow from each of the nicked spots. The mother leaf will rot away, leaving you dozens of tiny little sedum plants for your garden.

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    Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (Golden Sedum) – An evergreen rapidly growing plant to 2 to 5 inches tall with a prostrate, creeping habit. Its needle-like, succulent foliage is lime green in spring that ages to a brilliant golden-yellow color that is topped off with yellow star shaped flowers in June and July on 6 to 8 inch stems. In fall the foliage takes on an orange hue. Plant in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally – can handle periods of drought but looks best with periodic watering . This plant is very hardy and can be used in all garden zones in California (Hardy to USDA Zone 3). It is an easy, tough plant that is great in hanging baskets, rock gardens, raised planters, in containers or as a groundcover so long as drainage is adequate. Though this plant has proven itself elsewhere, it seems to only lasts a couple years in the ground here in the mediterranean climate of California. We recommend this plant for use in containers or for a tough short lived accent planting. Sedum rupestre is a species that ranges through central and western Europe from sand dunes near sea level up to 7,000 feet in the Pyrenees Mountains and was introduced in the Middle Ages to Ireland as a salad crop. This plant was discovered by Mr. Christian Kress of Sarastro Nursery in Austria. Mr. Kress saw the plant in a private garden while vacationing in Croatia and he named it Angelina, after the wife of owner of the garden. This plant long had a US Plant Patent pending but the application was filed in 2002, just as the patent office was changing rules regarding prior sales and plant patents. This plants patent fell victim to these rule changes and the patent was formally abandoned in September 2008. We have been selling this plant since 2003. The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery’s garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’.

    Sedum ‘Angelina’

    Cover some ground with the bright yellow leaves of Sedum ‘Angelina’ (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’). This low-growing sedum is perennial in Zones 5 to 9, where it grows to a whopping 3 to 6 inches tall. It’s a toe-tickling succulent with a host of names: Jenny’s stonecrop, crooked yellow sedum, stone orpine and prickmadam. Most commonly, though, this colorful groundcover is known as Sedum ‘Angelina’.
    Botanically, the name Sedum rupestre gives a clue about the habitat this low-growing perennial prefers. “Rupestre” means rock-loving, which is definitely true for Sedum ‘Angelina’. In its native habitat, Sedum ‘Angelina’ typically grows on rocky or stony ledges, where stems can easily tumble over edges and dangle in mid-air.
    In the garden, Sedum ‘Angelina’ is a natural fit for rock gardens or slopes, where soil is lean and drains well. In these environments, Sedum ‘Angelina’ stems crawl along the ground, rooting as they go. Use caution planting Sedum ‘Angelina’ in rock gardens filled with alpine plants, because if conditions are ideal, Sedum ‘Angelina’ can easily overtake slow-growing alpines.
    The leaves on Sedum ‘Angelina’ are needle-like—almost spiky—and glow a brilliant gold. In autumn, as temperatures start to tumble, leaf tips don a ginger-orange tint that lingers through winter. In mild regions, Sedum ‘Angelina’ foliage stages a spectacular display year-round with its colorful foliage. Stems fill in thickly to form a mat, creating a blanket of color up to 24 inches across.
    Plants flower in summer, opening star-shaped yellow blooms. The flowers aren’t highly prominent simply because they blend in with gold leaves. Like other sedums, the blooms on Sedum ‘Angelina’ beckon pollinators, so take care when using this groundcover along pathways where barefeet may wander.
    In the garden, consider using Sedum ‘Angelina’ in areas where you don’t typically water, like in streetside plantings or on slopes. You’ll likely need to water young plants when you tuck them into the landscape, until they’re established and actively growing. Once they’re established, though, too much water will quickly kill Sedum ‘Angelina’. This is a drought-tolerant plant that’s perfect for xeriscape or low water-use landscapes. It’s a good choice for planting beneath wide house eaves where rain doesn’t typically fall.
    Count on Sedum ‘Angelina’ to give deer and rabbits the brush-off. Like other sedums, this one has leaves that offer a peppery, spicy flavor that critters don’t enjoy. The leaves are edible and can be used in salads or on sandwiches. They make a pretty topping for canapes and create an eye-catching garnish for dips or stuffed baby bell peppers.
    Sedum ‘Angelina’ sedum also works well in containers. It makes a beautiful display in a hanging basket and can easily play the spiller role in container gardens. In containers, use either a standard soilless mix designed for pots or a succulent-type planting mix.

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