Sedum adolphii ‘Golden glow’


Sedum nussbaumerianum
Common names:
Golden Sedum


Originally from Mexico, Sedum adolphii ‘Golden Glow’ thrives in warm, dry climates. It is naturally adapted to rocky outcrops and cliff sides, which explains its excellent drainage requirements and drought tolerance. In the wild, it often grows in crevices, where it receives ample sunlight while being somewhat protected from the elements.


Sedum adolphii’Golden Glow’ is a low-growing succulent belonging to the Crassulaceae botanical family. Its leaves are fleshy, spoon-shaped, and arrange in a rosette pattern. The leaves exhibit a striking golden-yellow color, which can intensify to an orange or red hue under strong sunlight or stress conditions like drought or cold. This plant typically grows up to 30 cm tall and can spread up to 60 cm wide. During late spring or early summer, it produces small, star-shaped white flowers that contrast beautifully with its vibrant foliage. One of the most fascinating aspects of Sedum adolphi ‘Golden Glow’ is its ability to change color based on environmental conditions. Its leaves can range from a bright, light-catching yellow to a deep, sunset orange. This feature makes it a popular choice for adding color and interest to gardens or indoor plant collections.


This is a slow growing plant, easy to cultivate. The plant needs a full sunlight exposure but is recommended to avoid direct sun-light during the hottest periods. The plant does not like temperatures below 10°C so it needs to be placed indoors in the coldest periods. The soil should be mixed with pumice, clay and loam to allow for drainage and prevent root rot, as the plant is prone to it. Remember to use a perforated pot to drain excess water. Watering can be done regularly in spring and summer: during the vegetative period you can water the plant every 7 days, checking that the soil is completely dry before watering again. In winter you should stop the watering to allow the plant to enter dormancy. If you want a faster and lusher growth, you can fertilize the plant once a month during the growing season with specific fertilizers for succulents; stop fertilizing throughout the winter. If the pot becomes too small for the plant, you can repot it in a pot that is 2 cm wider. Repotting should be done early in the growing season with fresh new potting soil. Be careful to red spiders and mealybugs.


Propagation can be done by leaf or stem cuttings. When propagating through cuttings, make the cut during the spring and then let the cutting dry. After a few days, the cut surface will dry, and a callus will form. Place the cutting in a mixture of sand, soil, and pumice. To increase the success of propagation, you can make two or more cuttings at the same time. For cuttings, it is recommended to maintain temperatures around 20°C.


Sedum means ‘plant, annual herb’ in Latin. Such a generic name is justified by the wide distribution of this genus. Recently, these plants have become pupular in roof coverings, the so-called “green roofs”. The specific epithet is in honor of Adolphus, a notable figure in botany.

Official Web Site:

Italian Blog:

Read our advice

Recent Posts

Start typing and press Enter to search