Sedum Atlantis border

Plant of the Month August 2024

GENERAL INFORMATION: I fell in love when I saw this outstanding sedum with eye-catching foliage. It was 2019 Plant of the Year at Chelsea Flower Show. Sun, well-drained soil, low moisture, ground cover or specimen plant, attracting pollinators. What else can you ask for?

Scientific name: Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis' ('Nonsitnal' PP27454)

Common Name: Takeshima Stonecrop.

Range: Native to coastal Korea, growing among rocks by the sea.

Life Cycle: Clumping, succulent perennial, dying down in winter. New growth pink flushed.

 Sedum Atlantis February

Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis' in February with new growth and old stems.

Height: to 15 cm high, 30 cm wide.

Leaves: Variegated, smooth fleshy dark green leaves with wide, creamy yellow serrated margins, to 4 cm long and 1.5 cm wide. Pink flushed in cold. 

 Sedum Atlantis leaves

Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis' - leaves.

Bloom Time: July to early fall in Toronto.

 Sedum Atlantis plant

Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis' - young plant.

Flower Colour & Size: Clusters of small, 1 cm across, yellow star-like flowers with 5 petals, 10 stamens with dark anthers and 5 large central carpels.

 Sedum Atlantis flowers

Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis' - flowers.


Plant: In rock garden, on banks or in planters. Remove any all-yellow and old stems.

Sedum Atlantis reversion

Sedum takesimense ‘Atlantis' - with yellow leaves.

Light: Sun - at least 6 hours for best colour contrast. Light shade if hot.

Soil: Poor to average soils, very well drained. Some humus.

Water: Minimum water. Hates excess moisture.

USDA Hardiness: Zones 4-9.

Companion planting: Other rock garden plants.

Propagation: Stem cuttings or division.

Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds.

Pests & Diseases: Possibly aphids.



Text and images supplied by Anna Leggatt (Toronto Master Gardener)