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Sedum Oreganum

Green Team at Green Roof Technology, - Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Photo Credit: Stan Shebs

Relating to my trip out to California last week, I wanted to pick a plant native to the western coast. Sedum oreganum is a succulent mostly known by the name, Oregon stonecrop. It grows on the coasts of California all the way up to Alaska. Keeping color all year round, this herbaceous plant will sprout star-shaped yellow flowers in the summer attracting lots of insects including bees and butterflies. Only to turn a brilliant burgundy in the fall months. This succulent loves sunshine; the more sun it receives over the summer, the more striking the colors will be in the fall months. It grows best in hardiness zones two through nine and in full sunshine. Very drought tolerant and only growing a few inches tall, it makes for an efficient spreading ground cover.


Photo Credit: Rockwallgardens.com

Artemisia frigida

Green Team at Green Roof Technology, - Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Also known as Arctic Sage, this member of the Aster family is common in the Rocky Mountains and great plains of North America. Growing to approximately a foot tall, this plant is perfect for erosion control or simply as ground cover. It loves the sunshine and is considered drought tolerant. It is a woody-based perennial with an evergreen color, covered in silvery hairs, giving it an almost frosty appearance. Blooming in the summer months, the pale yellow flowers and fruit are rather discreet.

The arctic sage will spread rapidly in over-grazed lands, making some consider it as a weed. Although it was once valued by the Native Americans as they commonly used it to treat various ailments such as colds, wounds and headaches.


Photo Credit: James Sowerwine


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