Sedum Maximum Atropurpureum


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Common Name: Dark Purple Orpine
Size: 2-3 litre
Hardiness: H7
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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2-3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full sun
  • Soil: Well drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Flowering Period: August-September
  • Hardiness: H7
  • Eventual Height: 0.5 – 1m
  • Eventual Spread: 0.1 – 0.5m

Sedum Maximum Atropurpureum, commonly known as ‘Dark Purple Orpine’, is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial that contributes both texture and rich colour to gardens in the United Kingdom. This variety of Sedum, part of the Crassulaceae family, is celebrated for its unique foliage and enduring beauty.

This variety  is characterised by its succulent, fleshy leaves that form compact rosettes along sturdy, upright stems. The foliage takes on a deep burgundy to almost black hue, creating a dramatic contrast against other plants in the garden. As the plant matures, the stems tend to sprawl, creating a cascading effect.

In late Summer to early Autumn, it produces flat clusters of tiny, star-shaped, dusky pink flowers that further enhance its ornamental appeal. The flowers attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, adding a dynamic and ecological dimension to the garden.

This variety typically reaches a height of around 1 metre with a spread of approximately 0.5 metres.  Its low, spreading habit makes it an excellent choice for ground covers and the edges of garden borders.

This Sedum variety offers year-round interest. In the growing season, the deep purple foliage steals the show, and when Autumn arrives, the dusky pink flowers add a subtle yet charming touch to the autumn landscape. The dried flower heads can provide winter interest.

In summary, Sedum Maximum Atropurpureum is a captivating and robust addition to gardens. Its dark foliage and late-season flowers make it a standout choice for those seeking a low-maintenance yet visually impactful perennial.

How to care for your Sedum Maximum Atropurpureum

  • Location: Plant in a location that receives full sunlight.  This variety thrives in sunny conditions, and ample sunlight enhances the intensity of its deep purple foliage.
  • Watering: This plant is drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering. However, during prolonged dry periods, you may need to water it to keep the soil moist.
  • Soil: Prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate poor soil conditions. If you are growing it in a container, use a well-draining potting mix.
  • Fertilising: This plant does not require regular fertilisation. However, you can apply a balanced fertiliser in the Spring to promote healthy growth.
  • Pruning: You can pinch back the stems in the Spring to encourage bushier growth. You can also deadhead the spent flower heads to promote additional blooms.

Overall, Sedum Maximum Atropurpureum is a versatile and attractive plant that adds interest and beauty to the garden. With its low maintenance requirements and adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions, it is a great choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

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