Plant Profile: Sedum telephium ‘Touchdown Teak’

Now when summer temperatures are sizzling, the desire to have spectacular color with plants able to withstand the heat and drought come to the forefront. Sedum telephium ‘Touchdown Teak’ is exactly what is needed. It is tough; tolerating zone 4 cold as well as significant heat and drought with flourish and vigor.  Plants have a clumping, mounding, low growing habit with strongly upright red stems. The shiny foliage is an amazing deep rich, bronze red color, more saturated than many of the newer Sedum cultivars and the intensity does not fade as the season progresses.

Four inch, clusters of showy, vivid, bright rose-red flowers are produced mid-summer into fall. The spent flowers are effective and interesting, if left uncut, throughout winter.

Sedum ‘Touchdown’ Teak is versatile, adaptable and looks phenomenal whether planted in the perennial border, xeriscape, rock garden, mixed container or even cut in a vase. Combine it with Sedum ‘Angelina,’ Salvia ‘Blue Hill,’ Festuca ‘Boulder Blue,’ Agastache rupestris and Echium amoenum for a knock-out garden vignette for fun sun and dry soil. All of these will be available at the plant sale September 9th.

Janis Saiki

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