Dragon’s Blood Sedum (Phedimus Spurius ‘Schorbuser Blut’)

Dragon’s Blood Sedum, or Phedimus Spurius ‘Schorbuser Blut’, is a beautiful plant from the genus Sedum of the Crassulaceae family. This plant is excellent at handling cold weather and thrives during summer.

Scientific NamePhedimus spurius
Other NamesCaucasian Stone Crop, Schorbuser Blut, Creeping Stonecrop
Growth SeasonIt grows optimally in summer.
Preferred TemperatureIt is a cold-hardy succulent that can withstand temperatures between -30 to 30oF.
Hardiness ZoneUSDA 4a to 9b
Average Mature Height & WidthIt grows to a height of about 0.25 to 0.5 feet, and it can spread to twenty inches.
DormancyThough the succulent is cold hardy, it goes dormant in temperatures from 5oF and below.
ToxicityThe succulent is poisonous but in low severity.
Dragon’s Blood Sedum (Phedimus Spurius ‘Schorbuser Blut’) Summary

Phedimus Spurius Physical Characteristics

This plant spreads through its stems and anchors itself to the ground with roots that form at the nodes. It is a mat-forming plant. Its leaves are green with a red ting on the margins. They grow in pairs on opposite sides of the stem. And sometimes, there may be three leaves in one node. Furthermore, they are fleshy with serrated tips.

It blooms between late spring and mid-summer, and its flowers range from white and red to crimson. The blooms appear in batches where each can have three to five flowers. Each flower has five petals. The plant’s roots are short and susceptible to root rot resulting from a lack of oxygen occasioned by waterlogging. The plant produces seeds you can use to propagate the plant, as we shall see later.

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Dragon’s Blood Sedum Care

The plant requires relatively dry soil with a bit of moisture. You should apply the soak-and-dry method. This means that you should never water the plant when moisture from the previous drink is still in the pottage. Always check the moisture in the pottage by inserting your fingers to check moisture.

Phedimus spurius requires light and direct sunlight since they do well in warmer climates. You can add some fertilizer to the substrate to enhance the plant’s nutrition. The fertilizer should be a well-balanced, slow-release variety.

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Phedimus Spurius Growth

You can propagate this succulent from leaf or stem cuttings. Stem cuttings are better because the daughter they produce gets established faster. Leaf cuttings take a lot longer to form into a fully-fledged plant.

Rarely does this succulent require repotting since it is relatively small and slow-growing. However, you can re-pot if it gets root bound or you need to give it a fresh pottage. You could behead your Phedimus spurious to help it spread out.

The succulent is mainly resistant to diseases apart from root rot. Leaf beetles are the pest it is most susceptible to. They bore circular holes in the leaves and can seriously affect the plant’s health if unchecked.

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