|Sedum 'Purple Emperor'|
|Sedum 'Purple Emperor'|
This year I planted several Sedum 'Purple Emperor', which has dark purple (almost black!) leaves. I planted them from small bare roots and am impressed that the little plants are blooming despite having been almost entirely neglected in this dry weather.
My favorite Sedum in the garden, however, is the chartreuse-leaved Sedum 'Angelina'.
As a creeping ground cover, I have to admit that it is rather hard to weed, but I am in love with its brilliant yellow foliage. It shoots up stalks of little yellow flowers which some gardeners actually cut off because they detract from the pretty leaves and creeping form. I leave the flowers as the bees enjoy them, and, well, I don't even have time to trim out the ugly dying things from my garden, much less anything that can remotely be called a pretty flower. (Guilty Admission: There are some weeds I leave in the garden just because they bloom and aren't crabgrass.)
|Sedum 'Angelina' flowers|
And just in case you needed another reason to appreciate the hardworking Sedum, did you know you could eat them? Most Sedums are edible.
|Sedum spectabile is reported to have a bland flavor.|
I haven't tried it.
(Please note that the exception to this is Sedum rubrotinctum - aka, the 'Jelly Bean plant' or 'Pork and Beans' - which is ironically poisonous. Also, some of the yellow-flowering Sedums can be slightly toxic if eaten in large amounts.)
|Sedum kamtschaticum can be eaten raw when young and tender. When older, cook briefly to help remove toxicity.|
Yeah, I haven't tried this one either.
I haven't tried eating my garden Sedum, but it is apparently good in salads and stir-fries, with the young, tender shoots tasting best. And good news for gardeners who have the common 'Autumn Joy' - I've read that it is one of the better tasting Sedums.
Feeling adventurous and looking for a recipe for your garden Sedums?
Here are some online recipes to try:
|Sedum kamtschaticum going to seed|
Sedum is more popular in Korean cooking, and in South Korea one is more likely to find it at the grocery store. Here in the US there are very few sources, unless you happen to stumble upon it at a farmer's market or know some people...
|A basket of ingredients for the cooking competition TV show Chopped that includes Wagyu rib-eye steaks, jalapeño chips, mangoes - and pink pearl Sedum.|
or you could just eat it out of your garden.
Anyone tried it?