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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Inc. (22 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160469100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691009
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,662,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For any gardener who wants to learn more about this attractive and versatile group of plants, this is simply the finest book available. Attractively presented, interestingly written, and containing just about everything known today about sedums for the garden, Ray Stephenson's new work can be highly recommended." David Heller, "Rock Garden Quarterly," Winter 1995"

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The genus Sedum is much neglected by general gardening books but always popular with gardeners who realize plants do not have to be ostentatious, expensive, or difficult to grow to be charming. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 1996
Format: Hardcover
A thorough and up-to-date reference of species and
cultivars of the genus Sedum. The focus of the book
is botanical, but there is sufficient horticultural
information included to make it very useful for
gardeners as well as collectors. All species are
described with notes on distinguishing features,
variation, and horticultural availability and use.
Many excellent color photos and informative line
drawings. This is the standard reference for anyone
with a serious interest in sedums.
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This book is so informative and will encourage you to search out the very best sedums for the garden. So few are grown by the usual nurseries it is worth seeking out specialist growers. Plants do not have to be difficult to grow to earn their keep and sedums have so many uses. I have a plan to grow them in a wire frame shaped as a woman and sedums will definitely fit the bill. Be careful to buy only the hardback version of this book as the paperback doesn't have all the pictures. A very enjoyable read.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
indispensible reference on the genus Sedum 20 Nov. 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A thorough and up-to-date reference of species and
cultivars of the genus Sedum. The focus of the book
is botanical, but there is sufficient horticultural
information included to make it very useful for
gardeners as well as collectors. All species are
described with notes on distinguishing features,
variation, and horticultural availability and use.
Many excellent color photos and informative line
drawings. This is the standard reference for anyone
with a serious interest in sedums.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An excellent resource for the enthusiast 21 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was the first reference book in many years to provide an in-depth guide to identifying the many species of sedums. The author provides details regarding 400-plus different kinds of sedums, with photos and identifying characteristics, native habitat, horticulture, etc. The book provides some general information on growing sedums (temperature, water, light, pests, propogation), but the bulk of the book is devoted to a discussion of individual types. With its in-depth, scientific treatment of the subject, it is not necessarily a book for a beginning rock gardener, but anyone past the initial stages of growing sedums would find it useful, and it is a must-have for a nursery owner.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Dearth of color photos 23 Mar. 2006
By KublaiKhan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a gift for a gardening enthusiast and was very disappointed in it. Compared to other garden treatises of similar size, price, and level of specificity, there were simply far too few color photos in this book. There are some color photos, but the vast majority of the book is in black and white. The scientific descriptions and technical specificity are great, though. Overall, the book is very overpriced for what you get.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Some comments about the book are misleading and inexact: ... 12 Jan. 2015
By Claudio Sgaravizzi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Some comments about the book are misleading and inexact: the book contains 110 color pictures, all of them very helpful, specific to each species, their typical foliage shades and flowers.
Also, the book is not directed to the general gardener, but to the serious sedum collector and grower. The book excels on exhaustive descriptions of every single species, clarifying their taxonomy status (there is always a list of synonyms) and all possible information including their habitat, distinctions and variations, and horticulture.
It is also the only book on my knowledge ( I have more than fifty books dedicated to succulents and cactaceae) that offers very precise charts describing the relationships of the crassulaceae families, as well as the several sedum subgenera and groups.
This book is one of my most valuable, and as a collector of succulents I can ensure it is the most informative in its specific topic.
Replacing my Scientific Botanical Book "Sedum" by Ray Stephenson with a 'like new' ex-Library book had a hidden pitfall. 31 July 2013
By Joyce Branstetter-Buckner - Published on Amazon.com
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I frequently refer to this book "Sedum" in the course of my business operating a small retail nursery & garden shop. Recently it came up missing and I needed to replace it. Which I did with a 'Like New Ex-Library' edition. When I received the book I was delighted. It arrived promptly. Accessorized with high quality neatly fitted clear plastic book cover and showing little evidence of ever having been used, I was happy to have acquired this book at less than half the cost ($23.10) of the original price paid ($50.00).

But the first time I actually used this book I realized that the library edition was missing nearly half the of the color plates that are so useful for identification. Sadly, I also noted that nearly all the black & white photos were also omitted from the final 75 pages of this 'Library' edition. In retrospect, I would have gladly paid twice the price for the original unabbreviated edition.
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