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Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

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Sedum rupestre

Stonecrop
Crassulaceae
Cacti and succulents, Perennials

SEDUM

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 rupestre

Native to Europe. Spreading, creeping plant grows to 16 in. high and 1 ft. wide. Narrow, light blue-gray leaves to 1 in. long, closely set on stems; yellow summer flowers. Spreads freely; set plants 9–12 in. apart for groundcover. ‘Angelina’ is a golden-leafed form; ‘Blue Spruce’ has needlelike foliage reminiscent of blue spruce.

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