There appears to be some confusion over the history of this plant. Joy Creek, which is where we acquired the plant adds a synonym for it as ‘Silver Moon’. It is described as having silvery-blue flattened foliage with pink and red tones. That is not how I would describe this plant and say that it is bright green with red tones and red stems. ‘Silver Moon’ may be a hybrid between S. laxum and S. spathulifolium and was either developed by Helen Payne or was discovered by her in the southern Siskiyou Mountains.
Helen Payne was plant’s woman and author of books on Sedums and Sempervivums back in the 1970s. This was the period when they were previously in fashion and a lot of hybridization was happening. Her nursery – Oakhill Gardens was in Dallas, Oregon.
Now it is said to want full sun to part shade and it is tucked into the side of the steps up through the streambed garden, so this could what it looks like in shade. I need to take some chicks off it and plant them in full sun to see if it becomes more silvery.
It has yellow flowers that persist for about 3 months during summer.
Full sun or part shade. Avoid over watering. Tolerates poor, well drained soil.
Propagate from softwood cuttings. They require no special treatment.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P19094
Found in Streambed,
Tucked into one of the steps coming up through the streambed garden.
We acquired this plant from Joy Creek.