Cover some ground with the bright yellow leaves of Sedum ‘Angelina’ (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’). This low-growing sedum is perennial in Zones 5 to 9, where it grows to a whopping 3 to 6 inches tall. It’s a toe-tickling succulent with a host of names: Jenny’s stonecrop, crooked yellow sedum, stone orpine and prickmadam. Most commonly, though, this colorful groundcover is known as Sedum ‘Angelina’.
Botanically, the name Sedum rupestre gives a clue about the habitat this low-growing perennial prefers. “Rupestre” means rock-loving, which is definitely true for Sedum ‘Angelina’. In its native habitat, Sedum ‘Angelina’ typically grows on rocky or stony ledges, where stems can easily tumble over edges and dangle in mid-air.
In the garden, Sedum ‘Angelina’ is a natural fit for rock gardens or slopes, where soil is lean and drains well. In these environments, Sedum ‘Angelina’ stems crawl along the ground, rooting as they go. Use caution planting Sedum ‘Angelina’ in rock gardens filled with alpine plants, because if conditions are ideal, Sedum ‘Angelina’ can easily overtake slow-growing alpines.
The leaves on Sedum ‘Angelina’ are needle-like—almost spiky—and glow a brilliant gold. In autumn, as temperatures start to tumble, leaf tips don a ginger-orange tint that lingers through winter. In mild regions, Sedum ‘Angelina’ foliage stages a spectacular display year-round with its colorful foliage. Stems fill in thickly to form a mat, creating a blanket of color up to 24 inches across.
Plants flower in summer, opening star-shaped yellow blooms. The flowers aren’t highly prominent simply because they blend in with gold leaves. Like other sedums, the blooms on Sedum ‘Angelina’ beckon pollinators, so take care when using this groundcover along pathways where barefeet may wander.
In the garden, consider using Sedum ‘Angelina’ in areas where you don’t typically water, like in streetside plantings or on slopes. You’ll likely need to water young plants when you tuck them into the landscape, until they’re established and actively growing. Once they’re established, though, too much water will quickly kill Sedum ‘Angelina’. This is a drought-tolerant plant that’s perfect for xeriscape or low water-use landscapes. It’s a good choice for planting beneath wide house eaves where rain doesn’t typically fall.
Count on Sedum ‘Angelina’ to give deer and rabbits the brush-off. Like other sedums, this one has leaves that offer a peppery, spicy flavor that critters don’t enjoy. The leaves are edible and can be used in salads or on sandwiches. They make a pretty topping for canapes and create an eye-catching garnish for dips or stuffed baby bell peppers.
Sedum ‘Angelina’ sedum also works well in containers. It makes a beautiful display in a hanging basket and can easily play the spiller role in container gardens. In containers, use either a standard soilless mix designed for pots or a succulent-type planting mix.