Sunday, September 7, 2008

identifying grandma's plant

From summer 08
it starts like this but then grows into this:
From summer 08
the stems are very soft, not branchy. it reminds me of a jade plant, almost.
any ideas? i know they're popular. i see them all over the place.

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11 comments:

Carolyn said...

It looks like Sedum to me, possibly Autumn Joy sedum. If you google it you'll find pictures!

Erin said...

That's what I'm thinking too. Sedum. I had some in my yard for 14 years and for some reason, this year it didn't come up. :( None of it. I have lily of the valley I dug from my gramma's yard after they had to put her in the home and the house was sold. Every time I look at them I remember. I love that these are from Ken's grandma. I have tiger lillies from a friend's yard. They always make me smile....

Thimbleanna said...

I couldn't remember the name but knew if I came to your comments someone would have your answer! They're all over up here!

Skrappingirl said...

Definitely sedum my friend. I have some outside my backdoor. What color to the "flowers" turn? One of the reasons you see so many around....if you break a stem off and stick it in the ground and give it a little water.....You will have another amazing little plant next year. Yep it's that simple. I have a few to many that I started back in the day before Kate when I had time to garden. Let me tell you they can get pretty big(one of mine is bigger than Paige which might not be saying a lot) The bees love them and they look good too. Love you sister friend.

Stacy said...

I ditto the sedum identification - lovely plant. I have some out back and love how hardy it is.

noble pig said...

I had no idea but it looks as if others do!

Anonymous said...

Melly, my father-in-law calls this a "Live Forever" plant, although I think its what most folks know of as sedum. I've got one just like your's growing outside our front door. Howard swears its great for poison ivy and it's not bad for little cuts and insect bites. Just pull off a bit of leaf, pulverize it with your fingers and apply!

Melinda

Annalea said...

Absolutely sedum. They're succulents, and that's why I can keep them alive. ;o) I tend to have plants in my garden that don't need a lot of fussing, and this one definitely qualifies.

There are all kinds of them, with different colored foliage (from bright yellow to dark purplish red), varying flower colors, different habits (from tall ones like yours to miniature creeping varieties), and on and on.

I'm so glad that you have a little piece of your grandmother's garden. It's a wonderful legacy.

Camilla said...

Okay, this is where you stick another post up to entertain your pathetic lil' friend so she doesn't keep picking up the phone just to hear your voice five times a day. Srsly. Jeez. C

Robin said...

i know this is way behind...next year when we do the plant swap I want some - I've really been watching them this year and I too have heard Autumn Joy sedum.
xoxo Robin

Barbara said...

Yep, I say Sedum too. I have some just like yours that were part of the garden when we moved in. No idea how long they've been here.

They have been so happy here that I have purchased small pots of all sorts of dwarf sedums and planted them here and there. They are very happy in dry, sunny areas and have pretty flowers!