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All about Sedum

One green roof topic you can’t avoid is Sedum. It’s the magical green rooftop plant. It needs lots of exposure, little water, dry soil, and it doesn’t grow tall. That said, it comes in an astounding variety of species.

At ecobuild the Green rooftop spoke to at least 5 different companies, each boasting the best sedum in terms of weight, longevity, biodiversity…you get the picture. There’s a wide variety out there, and it’s difficult to distinguish between different products.

Not all of the companies list all the varieties of sedum in their roofs, with some just quoting a rough number of species.

Many of the varieties of Sedum used on green roofs advertised by companies in the UK are in the series of photographs below.  The sources of this list are http://www.bauder.co.uk/,  http://www.sedumsupply.co.uk/, and  http://www.sedumgreenroof.co.uk/.

Some of these might be images of the wrong subspecies – forgive us for that, the specific subspecies often isn’t listed on either the company website or photographs.  If any of these are wrong, please do let us know!  A fantastic alternative source for images of sedum is http://www.sedumphotos.net/. Wayne Fagerlund, owner of the site, has made it a mission to create a comprehensive photo archive of sedum varieties on the internet, although you definitely have to know what variety you’re looking for.

 

Sedum Reflexum

Sedum Reflexum

Sedum Acre

Sedum Acre

Sedum Spurium tricolor

Sedum Spurium tricolor

Sedum Kamtschaticum

Sedum Kamtschaticum

Sedum Album

Sedum Album

Sedum Spurium Dragon's blood

Sedum Spurium Dragon’s blood

John Creech

John Creech

Sedum Spurium Fuldaglut

Sedum Spurium Fuldaglut

sedum sieboldii

Sedum Sieboldii

Sedum Hispanicum

Sedum Hispanicum

Sedum Sediforme

Sedum Sediforme

Sedum Lydium

Sedum Lydium

Sedum Oreganum

Sedum Oreganum

Sedum Anglicum

Sedum Anglicum

Sedum Angelina

Sedum Angelina

Image Credit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninniane/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreasbalzer/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/annetanne/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrickstandish/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/horsepunchkid/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40385177@N07/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/_mm_/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alessandrobl73/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/proteinbiochemist/
Sedum album - Orpin blanc
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63276845@N00/

By Philippa

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