The live-forever plant or Allegheny stonecrop (Sedum telephioides) is a succulent that is very drought-tolerant and has small white or purplish pink blooms during the fall. It is hardy to USDA horticultural zones 5 and warmer. It grows wild in much of the Eastern U.S. and has a unique habit as it forms clamshell-like rosettes before growing into a 6-to-8-inch-tall plant. The plant can regenerate from small portions of the plant and grows in disturbed areas of the countryside, such as along roadsides and rock outcroppings.
Find an area of the garden that is well-drained where the sun shines between four and six hours each day. Morning sun exposure is best. Although the live-forever plant is a succulent and drought-tolerant, it grows better in dry shade rather than a dry site with all-day sun.
Dig a hole with the small garden spade wide enough to accommodate the root base of the live-forever plant you are planting. You do not need to add compost or fertilizer to the planting hole because the live-forever plant will grow in native soil.
Plant the live-forever plant in the planting hole at the same level it was previously planted and refill the hole with native soil, adding a little water into the planting hole at the same time to eliminate the formation of any air pockets. Lightly tamp down the soil to secure the plant into the ground.
Spread a 1/2-inch layer of mulch around the root base of the new plant so the soil remains evenly moist but not wet. Add water over the mulch and new planting to settle the plant into its new location.
Things You Will Need
- Live-forever plant
- Small garden spade
- Source of water
- The live-forever plant responds well to an occasional application of water-soluble fertilizer.