Pork and beans

Sedum rubrotinctum | Also known as: Jelly bean plant, Banana cactus, Christmas cheer | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

You’re in for a visual treat with sedum rubrotinctum or the delightfully named jelly bean plant. This cheerful succulent features an abundance of jelly-bean shaped leaves, which are green and often tinged with red. It produces pretty yellow star-shaped flowers during spring. The jelly bean plant accommodates most kinds of soils as long as they are relatively fertile and provide good drainage. It likes sunny positions but will grow in partial shade too and is a very sweet choice for groundcover and gravel gardens. The jelly bean plant adds tasteful colour to borders and beds and is very well suited to growing in a container where it can serve as a deliciously decorative option for a patio. Alternatively place it in a courtyard garden within a hanging basket as a wonderfully welcoming attraction.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have mild stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 0.25
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Branching
  • Mat-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z9-10
Heat zone
  • H10-9
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - 4
Heat days
  • 120 - 180
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Succulents
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years