Matrona sedum is a variety of stonecrop commonly grown for its large, colorful flowers and ease of care. Native to many different regions of the Northern hemisphere, Matrona sedum is hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 9, making it ideal for American gardens. Flowers appear during late summer and fall in shades of pink with purple stems. Flowers are usually left on the stem until they dry, and the dried flowers are considered ornamental. Matrona sedum is drought tolerant, undemanding and popular for growing in rock gardens.
Plant Matrona sedum from spring through fall in a location that receives full sunlight throughout the day. Choose a site that consists of average, well-drained soil for optimal growth. Space Matrona sedum plants 20 to 24 inches apart.
Water plants once per week during the first two months of growth to help establish the roots. Decrease watering frequency thereafter to once every two weeks, or once every 10 days during periods of drought. Do not water during winter, when the plant is not actively growing.
Feed Matrona sedum once per year during spring using a complete 20-20-20 NPK fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer directly to the soil, and then water thoroughly to release the nutrients. Apply at the rate described by the manufacturer for the best results.
Cut back Matrona sedum plants during winter to improve aesthetic appeal and health. Use pruning shears to remove dead, damaged or bare growth. Sever the growth at its point of origin to minimize damage and maintain appearance.