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Sedum × rubrotinctum R.T.Clausen

Family Name: Crassulaceae
Common Name: Jellybean Sedum, Christmas Cheer, Pork & Beans, Banana Cactus
Full Sun Little Water Suitable for Rooftops Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Leaves Drought Tolerant Shallow Media Creeper Herbaceous Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant, Creeper
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Dwarf
Maximum Height 0.2 m


Native Distribution Mexico (horticultural hybrid)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herbaceous succulent sub-shrub, 15 - 20cm in height.
Foliage Fleshy oval leaves, glossy green-red, arranged spirally around fleshy stems.
Flowers Yellow, borne in inflorescences, seldom produced and not observed in Singapore.
Similar Of horticultural hybrid origin and found only in cultivation, thought to be Sedum stahlii × Sedum pachyphyllum. Previously confused with Sedum guatemalense, an epiphytic species. Chimeric cultivar 'Aurora' has chlorophyll-deficient leaf epidermis and completely pearl-pink colouration.
Cultivation Provide full sun for more intense cherry-red colouration, leaves tend to turn glaucous green and plant becomes leggy when not exposed to sufficient light. Use well-drained media and allow to dry between each watering. Prefers neutral to slightly alkaline media, acidic media can lengthen internodes and make plant leggy. Thrives on neglect. Propagate by leaf cuttings or stem cuttings -- allow cut end to callous before planting in moist porous media.
Etymology Genus epithet 'Sedum' derived from Latin verb for 'sit', a reference to how some species in this genus attach themselves to rocks and walls. Species epithet 'rubrotinctum' means 'red-dyed', describing how the leaves turn red under full sun.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought, Shallow Media (8 -10cm), Well-Drained Soils, Poor Infertile Soils
Landscape Uses Container Planting, Green Roof
Thematic Landscaping Rockery / Desert Garden
Plant & Rootzone Preference or Tolerance Remarks pH 6.6 - 7.8

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Little Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Planting Distance From 0
Maintenance Requirements Moderate
Propagation Method Stem Cutting, Leaf Cutting
Maintenance Requirements Remarks Leaves become green and internodes lengthen if plant is exposed to insufficient light. Acidic media also lengthens internodes.


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Red
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Glossy / Shiny, Thick
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Whorled, Spiral
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Oval)
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Typical Foliar Area Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Herbaceous
Root Type Underground (Fibrous Root)
Specialised Storage Organ(s) Aboveground

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Flower Symmetry Radial
Flowering Period Rarely
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

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Master ID 1154
Species ID 2447
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Species record last updated on: 21 March 2022.