Sedum dragon's blood is a flowering evergreen succulent plant. The plant is native to north-central Asia. Sedum dragon's blood leaves and flowers are reddish orange. In the United States, the plant is cold-hardy in gardening zones 3 through 9.
The leaves of the sedum dragon's blood are thick because they retain water for the plant. The leaves are reddish pink in color, with serrated edges. The leaves' color intensifies with sun exposure. The leaves grow in pairs, opposite one another on the stem.
Sedum dragon's blood blooms in late summer. The flowers range in color from pink to deep red. The blossoms grow in flat clusters of several small flowers; the clusters are about 3 inches across. Individual flowers are shaped like stars, with five pointed petals.
Sedum dragon's blood requires bright, unfiltered sunlight. The plants grow best in open areas that are well-ventilated and sunny. At least eight hours of sunlight per day is optimal. The red hue of the sedum's leaves becomes deeper and more intense red with more sun exposure.
The sedum dragon's blood prefers soil that drains quickly. Poor quality soil and sandy soil is optimum. Rich soil retains too much water for the dragon blood's needs, which eventually leads to root rot. If your soil is rich or clay-like, the drain rate can be fixed by mixing the existing soil with gardening sand at a ratio of 1:1.
Sedum dragon's blood grows low to the ground, in a mat formation. Runners root easily, helping the plant to spread quickly. The plant is typically used as ground cover, because of its low stature and spreading capabilities.