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Ice Plant

Hylotelephium spectabile

Also known as

Sedum, Showy Stonecrop, Butterfly Stonecrop, Ice plant

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Ice Plant Overview

Hylotelephium spectabile is a long-lived, herbaceous perennial plant from the Crassulaceae family. It is grown for both the foliage and flowers. Leaves are blue-green in colour, with scalloped edges. This compact, mound-forming perennial, typically grows to around 45cm in height, it produces fleshy, blue-green leaves and attractive flowers, popular with bees. Small, starry, pink flowers are produced from summer-autumn, in flat clusters measuring up to 15cm across. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. Many cultivars have been developed from this species for garden use. Grow this hardy plant in full sun, in well-draining soil.

Common problems with Ice Plant

How to propagate Ice Plant





Or you can grow from seed sown in autumn or spring.

Special features of Ice Plant

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts bees

Other uses of Ice Plant

Rock garden, border, walls, ground cover summer/autumn interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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