Sedum & the Summer of Neglect

A tale of invincibility.


The sedum, with the survivability of a cockroach, has been performing every trick I’ve asked it to.
Way back in January I planted up these hollow flues pried out of our chimney when some repairs were made.
Reusable shopping bags were stuffed into the hollow core as an insert to hold the soil. A very shallow insert not holding much soil mass at all.
Checking on the sedum and keeping it watered and happy was not a priority this summer. Let’s be honest; they were pretty much ignored.


A shrubby little pea family/Fabaceae member, Dorycnium hirsutum hoisted its leaves up against the concrete.
It’s this tracery and pattern against the concrete that finally drew my interest back to this sedum experiment.
(What a great family of nitrogen-fixing plants is the Fabaceae, including baptisia, lespedeza, Hedysarum coronarium, Trifolium rubens, and on and on.)
The bright green leaves are Orbexilum pedunculatum, aka, ˜Sampson’s Snakeroot,’ another member of the pea family native to Texas.
Purplish flowers, from what I remember, since it hasn’t bloomed this summer.

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4 Responses to Sedum & the Summer of Neglect

  1. Kathy says:

    Trifolium rubens is one of my acquisitions from the Digging Dog fall plant sale last weekend.I have placed it on the potting bench for observation,I wonder how long it will take me to decide where to put it ? And really, one cannot have too many Sedums.

  2. Denise says:

    Kathy, mine comes from DD too. So glad you made it to their fall sale.

  3. Pam/Digging says:

    Gotta love sedum. My collection, along with other succulents, in my cinderblock wall planter is thriving on neglect as well.

  4. Denise says:

    Pam, I think my flues and your cinder block wall have a cooling effect on plants’ roots, kind of like alpine rock gardening.

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