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Coppertone stonecrop is definitely the go to succulent for high color impact in drought tolerant landscapes and gardens. This mounding succulent turns deep pumpkin orange with mid-summer sun exposure; this color will persist throughout the year as long as the plant is in sunny areas. On average, this plant grows 12-15 in. high and 18-24 in. wide. Cylindrical leaves with pointed tips are curved and grow upward; round clusters of white flowers accent the plant in late winter.

Native to coastal zones in Mexico, this is a bold color accent plant in combination with other succulents. The foliage color is most intense on new growth and in locations with bright sun exposure. It grows throughout the Inland Empire and is an accept plant in containers, in rock gardens and on banks and slopes.

Water Needs

Coppertone stonecrop is well adapted to all parts of the Inland Empire in sunny exposures with normal winter rains and low amounts of summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains often provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates Coppertone stonecrop can grow with varying amounts of water; little supplemental water is needed during summer following the flowering cycle.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Succulent
Foliage Character: Succulent
Habit: Spreading, Clumping
Growth Rate: Slow
Height: 12 in. - 15 in.
Width: 18 in.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Orange
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Drought, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Container plant, Borders


If desired, prune for size control or for cuttings, ideally in spring (D).



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