Cacti and succulents, Ground covers, Perennials
Mostly groundcover-scale succulents that grow nicely in the spaces between rocks (thus “stonecrop”), sedums are native to many parts of the world. Some are quite hardy to cold, others fairly tender; some are tiny and trailing, others much larger and upright. Fleshy leaves are evergreen unless otherwise noted, but highly variable in size, shape, and color. Typically small, star-shaped flowers, sometimes brightly colored, are borne in fairly large clusters.
Smaller sedums are useful in rock gardens, as ground- or bank covers, and in small areas where an unusual texture is needed. Some are prized by collectors of succulents, who grow them in pots, dish gardens, or miniature gardens. Larger types are good in borders or pots. Most sedums are easy to propagate by stem cuttings; even detached leaves will root and form new plants. Soft and easily crushed, they will not take foot traffic, but they are otherwise tough, low-maintenance plants.Sedum album
Creeping plant grows to 2–6 in. high. Leaves to 1/2 in. long are light to medium green, sometimes red tinted. White or pinkish summer flowers. Plant 1–1 1/2 ft. apart for groundcover. Roots from the smallest fragment; beware of planting it near choice, delicate rock garden plants.
From the Mediterranean and western Asia. Grows to 2–3 ft. high and wide, with downy, heart-shape...
Native to eastern North America. To 4 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide, with full clusters of bright blue-violet f...
Himalayan native to 1 1/2 ft. high, spreading by rhizomes. Long-stalked, medium green, 2 1/2-in.-wide ...