Purple Emperor Sedum

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Amazing depth of color! The Purple Emperor Sedum (Sedum 'Purple Emperor') also known as Stonecrop, has dramatic dark purple, almost black leaves with compact, showy purple stems! In the summer, they are topped with heads of pinkish-purple flowers. This charming and colorful plant is wonderful in any landscape.

Purple Emperor is loaded with dark star-shaped blossoms that are nectar-rich resources for bees and butterflies! The stout stems allow you to create gorgeous cut bouquets with its flat-topped flower heads! The pinkish purple flowers add color when it is most needed in the fall! If left alone, this great Sedum plant will add winter interest and provide food for birds.

This amazing Sedum was awarded the Outstanding Perennial Plant Award from the International Hardy Plant Union in 2002! This Sedum is a reliable, hardy, and low-maintenance perennial throughout USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9 and withstands heat, chill, drought, pests, and even deer seldom bother with them!

Planting and Application:

Despite its regal name, Purple Emperor is fantastically hardy and won't need any pampering! It is a wonderful choice for sun-drenched beds and borders, both as edging and dramatic groundcover or filler! These dark perennials add contrast and depth to the Cottage garden, mixed Perennial border, and Rock Gardens while adding elegance and class to formal and informal plantings alike!

For a wonderful fall display, plant with Asters or Coneflowers to highlight the late-season garden and feed pollinators looking for a treat before migrating.

No yard? No problem! Any sunny container garden is fitting for Purple Emberor! Stonecrop can be dramatic in planters as fillers and spillers. Place around a pool seating area, patio or potted up to add height to the garden!

Fill a wide, open area with a mass planting to pretty up large drifts of bare ground, slow erosion on slopes, and create a spectacle out of a hard-to-mow hillside! Sedum thrives in drier soils, is a welcome addition to the rugged conditions of the average sun garden, thrives in the harsh hell strip, and is recommended for use around the fire-wise landscape!

  • Flat-Topped Dark Pinkish-Purple Flower Heads
  • Dramatic Dark Purple Stems & Foliage
  • Compact Mounding Form
  • Pollinator Friendly Blooms
  • Dried Flower Stems Provide Winter Interest & Bird Food!
  • Must-Have Specimen, Focal Point, Edging & Container Thriller!
  • Great En Masse Groundcover, Xeriscaping & Fire-Wise Landscaping

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Purple Emperor needs to be planted in full sun in well-drained soil. It will tolerate most soil types and is low-maintenance and drought-resistant once established. One thing Stonecrop despises is soggy soil and shade. During the first season, give it a medium amount of water on a regular basis. After the fleshy roots are well-established in your soil, you can ease off on the supplemental water. We always recommend that you protect your investment with water in a prolonged drought. But Sedum is a water-wise perennial, but do appreciate a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch around the root zone to keep more moisture consistency in the soil.

For a clean-looking appearance, remove the old foliage before new growth begins in the early spring. Divide Stonecrop and enjoy more plants for your own garden or share with friends!

  • Best Color & Flowering in Full Sun
  • Thrives in Almost Any Well-Drained Soil - Poor Soil Tolerant
  • Regular Moisture At First - Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune Down Early Spring
  • Cold Hardy & Heat-Resistant - Deer Don't Prefer This Plant

Deep, dark, and regal, the Purple Emperor Sedum is here to add its illustrious beauty to your landscape! Order quality perennials and flowering ornamentals at Nature Hills today!

Stonecrop Frequently Asked Questions

How To Grow And Care For Sedum?

Also known as Stonecrop, Sedum need full sun for the most flowers and very well-drained soil. Provide moderate, regular moisture and fertility. Prune down in the very early spring.

Will Sedum come back every year?

Sedum are reliable perennials so long as they have well-drained soil year-round.

What happens to Sedum in winter?

Sedum are herbaceous perennials that will lose their leaves after frost and die back to the ground. They leave behind ornamental dried flowers and stems for winter interest. In spring, they regrow from their root systems anew!

Will Stonecrop spread quickly?

Stonecrop or Sedum will not spread or become invasive, staying put where it's planted as low-growing mounding plants.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Stonecrop Sedum for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Purple Emperor Sedum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 15 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 23 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Dark Pinkish-Purple
Foliage Dark Purple, Red
Fall Color Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No