Dragons Blood Stonecrop Hylotelephium 'Red Cauli'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
stonecrop 'Red Cauli'


The Hylotelephium 'Red Cauli', commonly known as Sedum or Stonecrop, is a succulent perennial favored for its ornamental appeal. It possesses fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves that form a lush, thick mat of foliage. These leaves are distinctive for their deep purplish-red hue, which intensifies and becomes more vibrant as the cooler weather sets in. Throughout the growing season, the plant maintains a rich, green color with a hint of red at the edges, gradually deepening in tone. The Stonecrop is also admired for its flower clusters. These blooms appear in dense, dome-shaped heads that sit atop sturdy stems, contrasting strikingly with the dark foliage. The flowers themselves are small, star-shaped, and typically of a pinkish-red color, adding a splash of brightness to the garden landscape well into the late summer and fall months. The overall texture of the plant is somewhat coarse, contributing to its rustic charm. It is a low-maintenance addition to any outdoor space, often used in rock gardens, borders, or as ground cover, where its year-round decorative appearance can be fully appreciated.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Red Cauli Stonecrop, Autumn Stonecrop, Orpine.

    • Common names

      Sedum 'Red Cauli'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Stonecrop is generally considered to be non-toxic to humans. There are no significant toxic effects reported for humans from ingesting this plant. However, as with many plants, individual allergies or sensitivities are possible, and it is typically not advisable to consume ornamental plants.

    • To pets

      Stonecrop is typically considered safe for pets and is not known to be toxic to dogs, cats, or other animals. As with humans, ingestion may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some pets if consumed in large quantities, but significant toxicity is not expected. If a pet shows symptoms of distress after ingestion, it is best to consult with a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot 6 inches (45 centimeters)

    • Spread

      1 foot 6 inches (45 centimeters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Low Maintenance: Hylotelephium 'Red Cauli', also known as Stonecrop, requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for gardeners of all levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: Stonecrop is highly tolerant of drought conditions, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers of Stonecrop are known to attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, enhancing biodiversity.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its striking red foliage and blooms, Stonecrop adds vibrant color to the garden, especially in late summer and fall.
    • Hardiness: Stonecrop is cold-hardy and can withstand freezing temperatures, making it suitable for many climates.
    • Soil Adaptability: It can thrive in a range of soil types, including poor or rocky soils, which is often challenging for other plants.
    • Pest Resistance: Stonecrop is generally resistant to pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Easy Propagation: Stonecrops can easily be propagated by stem or leaf cuttings, allowing gardeners to expand their plantings with little effort.
    • Suitable for Containers: Its compact growth habit makes it an excellent choice for container gardens, rockeries, or as border edging.
    • Winter Interest: Some varieties of Stonecrop provide winter interest with evergreen foliage or persisting seed heads.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Natural Dye: The leaves of the Red Cauli may be used to produce a natural dye for textiles, giving fabrics a soft, muted color.
    • Craft Projects: Pressed Red Cauli leaves can be used in scrapbooking or to make botanical prints for artistic projects.
    • Garden Borders: Their dense and colorful foliage can serve as a low, decorative border in garden designs.
    • Educational Tool: Red Cauli plants can be used in educational settings to teach about plant propagation and succulent care.
    • Living Mulch: The groundcover capability of Red Cauli can help maintain soil moisture and temperature, acting as a living mulch in gardens.
    • Photography Subject: The vibrant colors of Red Cauli make it a great subject for botanical photography and macro shots.
    • Culinary Presentation: Although not edible, Red Cauli can be used as a garnish for plating to add visual appeal to dishes.
    • Theme Gardens: Red Cauli can be incorporated into specialty gardens, such as a 'red-themed' garden, due to its colorful foliage.
    • Fairy Gardens: Its small, clustered appearance makes Red Cauli an enchanting addition to miniature fairy garden designs.
    • Water Conservation Education: As a drought-resistant plant, Red Cauli can be used in teaching about water conservation in gardening practices.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Stonecrop is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Stonecrop is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Hylotelephium 'Red Cauli', commonly known as Stonecrop, often symbolizes resilience due to its ability to thrive in poor soil and resist drought, representing the ability to survive and prosper through difficult conditions.
    • Vitality: The vibrant colors of the Red Cauli Stonecrop signify energy and vitality, suggesting a lively and vivacious spirit.
    • Adaptability: As a succulent, Stonecrop exhibits great adaptability, adjusting to its environment with ease, which can symbolize the importance of being flexible and versatile in life.
    • Perseverance: The hardy nature of Stonecrop embodies perseverance, as it continues to grow and bloom even when faced with challenges.

Every 1-2 weeks
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Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Stonecrop 'Red Cauli', like other sedums, requires minimal watering due to its drought-tolerant nature. Water the plant deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Depending on the temperature and humidity in your area, this may translate to watering approximately once every 1-2 weeks. When you do water, provide enough water to soak the soil to a depth of about an inch. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important not to leave the plant in standing water. During the winter, when the plant is dormant, reduce watering further to prevent any potential issues from excessive moisture.

  • sunLight

    Stonecrop 'Red Cauli' thrives best in full sun conditions where it receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for this plant is in a location that provides bright, unfiltered sunlight for most of the day. If you are growing it indoors, place it near a south-facing window where it can bask in plenty of natural light. Adequate sunlight is crucial for the plant to develop its characteristic rich, red hues.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Stonecrop 'Red Cauli' is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. It prefers a comfortable growing temperature between 65°F and 75°F during its active growing season. However, it is capable of withstanding temperatures as low as 40°F and as high as 90°F. It is important to protect the plant from extreme cold, as it may not survive temperatures that drop significantly below freezing.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Stonecrop 'Red Cauli' is primarily done to remove dead or damaged foliage and to maintain its compact, tidy shape. Prune in the early spring to encourage new growth and to remove any foliage damaged by winter weather. It is also advisable to deadhead spent blooms to promote additional flowering and to prevent self-seeding if desired. Pruning can be done once a year or as needed to manage the plant's size and appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Autumn Joy Sedum thrives in well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0 and 7.0. An ideal soil mix for this sedum would be equal parts potting soil, coarse sand, and peat moss or compost. This combination promotes good drainage while providing enough organic matter for nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Autumn Joy Sedum should be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and provide room for growth. Choose a pot only slightly larger than the current one, as too much space can cause excess moisture retention.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Autumn Joy Sedum prefers a dry to average humidity environment. Excess humidity can lead to fungal diseases, so it is best to maintain humidity levels that are typical of indoor conditions without additional misting.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light, water sparingly.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-drained soil, minimal water.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Hylotelephium 'Red Cauli', more commonly known as Stonecrop, begins its lifecycle with seed germination which typically occurs in spring under favorable conditions of warmth and moisture. The seedlings develop into juvenile plants with thick, fleshy leaves that store water, adapting them to periods of drought. During the growing season, Stonecrop progresses through vegetative growth, where it forms a clump of stems and leaves, and then enters the flowering stage in late summer to fall, producing clusters of star-shaped, reddish-pink flowers. After pollination, typically by bees and butterflies, the flowers set seed which can disperse near the parent plant to produce new individuals. In winter, the above-ground parts of Stonecrop may die back, especially in colder climates, but the root system remains alive, allowing the plant to regrow the following spring. Throughout its life, Stonecrop can also propagate asexually through cuttings or division, where parts of the plant separate and develop into new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Hylotelephium 'Red Cauli', commonly known as Stonecrop, is best propagated using the leaf or stem cutting method during late spring to early summer. This method involves taking healthy cuttings from an established plant. You should cut a stem about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long or pick healthy, plump leaves. Allow the cut ends to callous over for a few days before placing them in soil. You can lay the leaf on top of the soil or insert the stem cutting into well-draining soil mix. Keep the soil slightly moist but not wet, and in a few weeks, the cuttings should root, giving rise to new Stonecrop plants. This popular technique leverages the plant's hardy nature and quick rooting ability, making it a favorite among gardeners for propagation.