Propagation Update: Echinacea, Red Twig Dogwood and ‘Dragon’s Blood’ Sedum

As our gardening season draws to a close I thought I’d update you on the progress of some cuttings and how they look now. First up is an echinacea that was a propagation experiment. I took basal stem cuttings (which come from the crown of the root) in the spring. Once it rooted I planted it in our front sidewalk garden. It’s done well for its first season of life. I really didn’t expect blooms this year but we did get a few!

This ‘Dragon’s Blood’ Sedum is one of my favorite sedums because of its color. Its dark burgundy colored leaves give the sedum its name. This particular sedum began as a single sprig in the early summer and was taken from a sedum I received at a plant swap. It’s filled out quite a bit and hopefully will just continue to flourish. It’s occupying our sedum garden which is still a work in progress.

Here’s another of my favorite shrubs, the Red-twig dogwood (Cornus stolonifera). I took this cutting last fall and overwintered it indoors along with several others. At least 5 plants have survived from that batch of cuttings. At one point I thought they were dead but I am happy to admit I was wrong! I’ll be moving this red twig dogwood very soon to a better location somewhere it can grow to it’s full potential. The red stems might look good against a background of a green arborvitae.

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About Dave

Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. It is great to have free plants. Glad your red twig made it. Plants sometimes surprise us.

  2. I just love echinacea! One of my favorite long-blooming perennials. I have mostly Ruby Star and have been collecting seeds this week. Your method is more reliable, I think. Cameron

  3. Free is good! I have a few red twig dogwoods that were propagated by just sticking the stems in moist winter soil in the garden. Have you run across the yellow twigged dogwood? I saw some at Cheekwood last winter and they were spectacular!


  4. My favorite plants in the garden were free! Looks like your new starts are doing well Dave. I love the color of those branches on your young red twig dogwood.

  5. Good for you Dave. Sure wish I had room here for a red twig dogwood. I think they are pretty. Free is always good.

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