Sedeveria 'Letizia' (Lety's Sedeveria)
x Sedeveria 'Letizia'
Genus: x Sedeveria
x Sedeveria 'Letizia' is a beautiful small succulent that forms a cluster of stems with rosettes at the end. The rosettes are up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter and bear many green, tightly arranged leaves with fine hairs along the margins. They are deltoid-shaped and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. The older rosettes sit atop slender bare stems, while younger ones have leaves the length of the stems. The leaves turn red in the sun with colder temperatures in winter but are green in summer or when grown in the shade. In spring, multiple inflorescences rise from below the rosette top and bear flowers in a scorpioid cyme. The flowers are white with petal tips barely pink and with the stem bristling with fine hairs.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).
How to Grow and Care
When growing Sedums, keep in mind that these plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop because many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.
Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is usually enough to get the plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to ensure further that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant.
For taller varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily, and a new plant will be established in a season or two.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.
x Sedeveria 'Letizia' is a hybrid between Sedum cuspidatum and Echeveria setosa var. ciliata. According to information on the Sedum Society, this is an older hybrid that went unnamed until Jean-Michel Moullec published the name in the January 2006 Sedum Society Newsletter (No. 7), honoring his Italian friend Letizia Alleruzzo. However, it is speculated that the plant likely originated from Fred Wass, a British cactus and succulent collector.
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Sedeveria Plant Care
When it comes to sedeveria plant care, don’t plan on investing too much time if your region is warm. It’s important to check your hardiness zone if you want to start growing sedeveria outside, since some only thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 and 11.
Other sedeveria plants grow fine in zone 9, but remember that they may be only half-hardy. That means that when a cold spell is coming, you might want to cover them with protective fabric. Alternatively, sedeveria plants work well in containers that can come inside when temperatures drop.
Plant sedeveria succulents in well-draining soil in a sun-dappled location. After that, you can basically forget about them, other than to enjoy their year-round rosettes. Don’t water your sedeveria plants too much and, in areas that get some rain, don’t irrigate them at all.