Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

Scientific Name

Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'


Hylotelephium 'Autumn Joy', Hylotelephium 'Indian Chief', Hylotelephium spectabile 'Autumn Joy', Hylotelephium spectabile 'Herbstfreude', Hylotelephium spectabile 'Indian Chief', Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Sedum 'Indian Chief', Sedum 'Herbstfreude', Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy', Sedum spectabile 'Herbstfreude', Sedum spectabile 'Indian Chief'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Hylotelephium


This hybrid is a cross between Hylotelephium telephium subsp. maximum and Hylotelephium spectabile.


Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude', better known as Hylotelephium 'Autumn Joy' or Sedum 'Autumn Joy', is a popular succulent that forms upright to slightly spreading clumps of unbranched stems with fleshy blue-green to grayish-green leaves. It grows up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall and about the same in width. Leaves are egg-shaped with serrated margins. Star-shaped flowers emerge greenish-pink in summer, then slowly age to deep rose-red and finally take on a brownish hue in fall as they die.

Photo by Moonshine Designs Nursery

How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

Light: This succulent prefers full sun. It tolerates light to partial shade in hot summer climates but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade. Plant your H. 'Herbstfreude' in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Soil: H. 'Herbstfreude' does not need rich soil, but it does need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents or make one yourself.

Hardiness: This plant has a tolerance to heat and drought and is cold-hardy, making it a popular outdoor succulent. H. 'Herbstfreude' can withstand temperatures as low as -40 to 30 °F (-40 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 3a to 9b.

Watering: The best way to water H. 'Herbstfreude' is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet, and then wait until it is dry before watering again.

Fertilizing: Feed annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.

Repotting: Plants in containers do require little more care than those in gardens. Repot your H. 'Herbstfreude' when it outgrows its current pot by moving it out to a larger pot to hold the plant better. Spring is the best time to repot this plant. Make sure the soil is dry before you begin the repotting process.

Propagation: This succulent can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings. Sow seeds in spring. Dividing your H. 'Herbstfreude' is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though it is probably best done in spring or early summer. Propagate by stem cuttings in summer.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

Toxicity of Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

H. 'Herbstfreude' can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.


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Plants→Hylotelephium→Sedum (Hylotelephium spectabile 'Herbstfreude')

Botanical names:
Hylotelephium spectabile Accepted
Sedum spectabile Synonym

Also sold as:
Autumn Joy

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Spread : 24 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Height : 24 inches
Foliage Mound Height : 18 inches
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Can be propagated by seed.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant
Child plants: 2 child plants

Sempervivum and Sedum are the cornerstone genera of hardy succulents, so let's have a look at the most popular of these fun plants.

I just don't know how any plant can be easier than Sedum Autumn Joy. It is not bothered by deer, rabbits, bugs, or insects, and difficult weather seems to have no effect on it. It is a prolific grower.

--Plant Review--
I have had this plant for as far as I can remember, but since I moved last year I wasn't able to bring a cutting I have a small cutting that is still rooting. I will have to see how it fares!

The leaves are like spoons, and have a waxy coating. When it rains, the raindrops stay as little bubbles (the leaves are water-resistant). Very fun to play with. I've heard of rubbing them, and blowing them up as a balloon. Anyways, picking the leaves off does not harm the plant. Leaves are pastel turquoise.

Flowers and seeds:
Bees and butterflies adore this plant. My high score was 10 bees on one plant. :3 The flowers are tiny and have five petals. They are pink and pretty. They bloom summer/autumn. The seeds and stems look nice in the winter and look really decorative.

Dormant in winter, like my other hylotelephiums. They make compact clumps and look great. The spent stems are hollow and have whitish tint.

Begins blooming in late summer with flat pink heads that gradually darken to a rust shade and hold well into winter. I don't cut the seed heads back until I see new growth in early spring. Plants may flop if grown in too much shade or in rich soil, otherwise an easy and reliable fall plant.

This is my favorite non-native (to U.S.) plant. At this time I have one left, but it is next door to an ever growing spruce tree.

One reason I like this so well is that it is a bumblebee magnet. It is a late bloomer, so it is a good food source for these bees when many things have faded. I have since planted more asters and other late-flowering U.S. natives that will replace the other sedums we yanked out of the ground. Another reason I enjoyed this is its early neat growing habit. It forms a nice round ball. But as it gets taller, heavy rains will cause it to flop in all directions, much like the native Tallgrass Prairie plants I have around the yard.

In September and October, this sedum is usually the only bloom I can always count on. Our recent summers have been hot and dry here in western KY, but that doesn't seem to bother this sedum at all.

Sedum Autumn Joy is easily propagated by breaking off a piece, stripping it, and burying the lowest node. It needs some available soil moisture during rooting, but very little. Overwatering will cause the cutting to rot.

Autumn Joy is one of the older Sedums in my garden. Like all of the upright Sedums, it is very attractive to honey and bumble bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.

Watch the video: Make your own clippings of Sedum, Autumn Joy