What Is Sedeveria?
Sedeveria is a genus of plants belonging to the nightshade family ( Solanaceae ). They are commonly known as “blue” or “black” elves because they have purple flowers with black petals. There are many species of sedeverias , but only two belong to the genus Sedea: Sedea arvensis and Sedea rubra . Both species are native to South America. Sedea arvensis is found in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay; Sedea rubra is found in Bolivia, Peru and Chile.
The leaves of sedeverias are arranged in a fan shape and usually grow up to 6 inches long. The plant produces small white flowers which bloom from April through July. The berries are edible when ripe but not very nutritious.
Sedea arvensis and Sedea rubra are both members of the Solanaceae family. The name “sedeveria” comes from Latin sede-, meaning night and vera-, meaning vine. These plants were originally called “nightshades”.
The word “sedge” is derived from the Greek ses, meaning thorn and feros, which means vine.
In some parts of South America these plants are used medicinally as well as ornamental. Leaves of red sedeveria are used as a fish poison in southern Brazil. In most cases, the poison is not strong enough to kill humans; however, it has been known to cause skin irritation in some.
The name “Sedeveria” comes from the Latin word for “evening”. Both species are common in cultivation, and several hybrids have been developed. The species are also used in a wide range of research on plant genetics and evolution.
Sedeveria arvensis grows in a creeper pattern and has long, thin leaflets that start out purple and fade to blue. Like all the sedeverias, the leaflets are very soft to the touch. S.
arvensis is a very easy plant to maintain, making it popular among succulent collectors as a beginner’s choice. It also makes a very nice potted plant and is frequently used as such.
Gardeners can find sedeverias in nurseries or online in a range of different colors, with the flowers coming in white, purple, pink and red. S. arvensis in particular has several popular cultivars, including the popular all-green “Hahnii”, which have all been selected for leaf shape, color and size.
S. arvensis’s natural range spans from Argentina to Uruguay, but it can be found anywhere else in the world, even in the United States.
How To Take Care Of Sedeveria
Sedeverias are very easy to take care of, as they are extremely resilient succulents. They prefer living in places where there is little moisture, such as on a windowsill or on rocky hillsides. They are rarely bothered by pests and diseases, and can grow almost anywhere.
They are also extremely tolerant of extreme temperatures, surviving both heat waves and cold snaps. These plants can even survive for several weeks with their roots completely submerged in water.
Sedeverias have small, thick leaves which help reduce water loss through transpiration. Most sedeverias have short stems and do not flower often. The small flowers that the sedeverias do produce are white, purple or yellow.
It is necessary to keep sedeverias well watered when they are first planted, but after that, the plants can survive in little to no water. The soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings. Sedums prefer living in mineral-rich soil and should therefore only be watered with soft or distilled water, since tap water contains several minerals that will build up in the soil over time and eventually cause the plant’s death.
Sedeverias grow best in full sun to partial shade. They can be transplanted without the need to re-pot them, but this should be done only when the plant is dormant(for most sedums, this means during the winter).
The sedums are named after the Latin word for “to sit”, and this is easy to see in their unique flowers. Most sedums have a long, thin stem which supports a number of small, tightly-packed flowers, giving them a ballerina’s skirt appearance. The flowers are usually yellow or orange and fairly inconspicuous, since they are designed to attract small insects to aid in cross-pollination.
Sedums are native to the Northern Hemisphere and are commonly found in North America, Europe and Asia. There are several hundred varieties of sedum, with new ones still being discovered. Many sedums are commonly used as ornamental plants in gardens.
The most popular varieties are S. makinoi, S. kamtschaticum and S. spectabile.
Sedums are closely related to the plant genus Sempervivum. Both types of plants are sometimes referred to as “hens-and-chicks”, though Sempervivum has several additional species known as “houseleeks”.
Sedum has been used as a medicinal plant by many Native American tribes. The Cherokee used an infusion of the plant to treat influenza and pneumonia, and the Cheyenne used it for kidney stones and kidney diseases in general. It was also used to create a yellow dye.
Currently, there are several medicinally worthless compounds found in sedum, such as sugar and starch. Most of the remaining compounds are yet to be studied.
Due to their slow growth rate and lack of commercial value, the sedums are among the most overlooked plants when it comes to pharmacology and nutrient supplementation.