April 1, 2020

Name Game

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' or Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

Joy Meyers Photo | Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ or Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’

Somewhere along the way, someone decided Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ ought to be Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’. The niceties of the nomenclature may confuse you, but ‘Autumn Joy’ couldn’t be simpler. This succulent perennial forms a clump that can reach upwards of 2 feet in height. The plant comes into its own in late summer, the flower heads changing color much as the deciduous trees do, starting with a pink, deepening to a rose -red and then finishing in copper-brown as autumn commences. The plant is hardy to Zone 3 and prefers full sun, although it will tolerate a bit of shade. In shade, however, the plant tends to topple under the weight of the flower clusters. Like most succulents, ‘Autumn Joy’ can withstand drought, especially after it is established. One of the common names for the ‘Autumn Joy’ and its relatives is stonecrop, stemming from the plants’ penchant for growing wild in stony ledges.

Submitted by Joy Meyers