Did you know Sedum, Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ AUTUMN JOY, commonly called stonecrop, attracts butterflies in our ecoregion 231? Read on.
Name: Sedum, Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’ AUTUMN JOY
Common: ‘Autumn Joy’ Stonecrop
Zones: 3 to 9
Size: 1.5 to 2 feet tall wide
Conditions: Full sun, medium to dry moisture
Zone: 3 to 9
Attracts: Butterflies and Beees
In ecoregion 231, ‘Autumn Joy’ attracts butterflies and native bees. This clump-forming perennial features masses of tiny, star-like flowers which emerge pink, gradually change to deep rose-red, and then brown-rust in autumn as they die back. The umbel shape of the inflorescence is the idea shape for butterflies to alight.
Preferring moderately fertile and moist soil in full sun,’Autumn Joy’ can take it drier. If I can remember to do so, I tip prune the ‘Autumn Joy’ to shorten 3 to 4 inches. While it will delay flowering, it keeps the heavy flower heads from splaying.
We have it growing in several beds Bee Better Teaching Gardens. ‘Autumn Joy’ is one of those carefree plants that you can place and forget about, yet your butterflies and bees will be grateful in the fall for the nectar-rich flowers. For the color conscience, breeding of new cultivars have reached market. Look for those with a pinker pink or limier green foliage, such as Sedum ‘Neon’.
‘Autumn Joy is fairly trouble-free, but watch for mealybugs, scale insects, slugs, and snails. And if your are deer-troubled, know that deer like it as much as we do!
On Lindtner honeybee scale of 0 to 5, sedums weren’t measured.