This plant is special to me for many reasons. It grows anywhere it’s planted, is drought tolerant, is absolutely care free, it gets pretty lavender/pinkish flowers in late summer that attracts butterflies and is insect resistant. This vintage sedum plant has been in my family for generations.
Vintage sedum plant
My grandmother, who died 6 years before I was born, grew the perennial plant sedum in her garden. My mother took cuttings when she married in 1945 and planted them in her small yard. When my parents moved from their home in Philadelphia, they made sure to gather a few cuttings to plant in the yard of the house built by my dad.
Moving from the city to a New Jersey suburb was a huge adjustment for my parents. In the mid-1950’s, even in this new community, some of the streets were not yet paved. My sister and brother remember wearing colorful Wonder bread bags over their shoes to keep them free of mud as they walked to school.
This new home had a nice-sized yard and like the inside of the house, it was rather sparse in aesthetic character when they first moved in. Both hard workers, my parents continued their efforts to create their dream home. My baby carriage sits out front.
This photo of my sister and I dressed for a Sunday outing shows the beginning of a flower bed that would include bushes, shrubs, perennials, the sedum and annual flowers.
Years passed and the bushes and plants grew, walls were papered, curtains made and hung and life was lived. This is the house where my childhood years were spent.
Cuttings from vintage sedum
When my husband and I moved into our first home, Mommy gave us cuttings from her sedum. She was so excited to share something of her own dear mother, though we never met. I have subsequently brought pieces to each home in which we had lived.
We can track the plant back to the 1930’s and who knows where it came from before that.
Sedum attracts monarch butterflies
Making the sedum even more special is that in August and September I often find beautiful monarch and swallowtail butterflies lighting on the blossoms. They also attract little white cabbage moths which for some reason my youngest daughter always called garbage butterflies … she loved chasing those garbage butterflies 🙂
Recommended for full sun, I find sedum grows anywhere I plant it, including shady locations.
While my sons-in-law were playing soccer in the backyard with the little grandchildren, several of these plants were trampled. With a sheepish grin one of these young men apologetically said to me,
“Now you sedum, now you don’t.”
Gotta love him! And, I do 🙂