I don’t normally like fasciation (or cresting) of plants, especially succulents. While some prize the odd growths that appear, they usually make my skin crawl. However (being a woman of contradictions) I adore cockscomb flowers (Celosia cristata) and still fondly remember seeing this Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata' (Cockscomb Cryptomeria) back in 2009...
So imagine my surprise when I discovered a crested sedum!
We made an impromptu overnight trip up to Tacoma, WA, last weekend and stopped at Bark & Garden in Olympia on our way back to Portland. I discovered these little oddities tucked in with the rest of the sedum and sempervivum.
I wanted them all, but settled for two.
The most bizarre two of course...
I accidentally broke off a piece getting them out of their nursery containers. Being a sedum I’m sure it will take root and grow with ease.
There isn’t much to discover online about Sedum ochroleucum 'Crested Centaurus' and in fact most of the photos show regular (not crested) sedum.
I did learn that Sedum ochroleucum is native to Europe and Turkey, and at least one website listed it as hardy to USDA Zones 4-9. It will be interesting to watch how these grow, if the plant increases in size and stays crested, or if bits revert.
So that's my current favorite. Anything new, bizarre, or just plain fabulous in your garden this week?
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