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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Sedum ternatum Michx.
Woodland stonecrop, Wild stonecrop
USDA Symbol: sete3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The creeping stems of this rock-loving perennial usually send up a single flowering branch, 4-8 in. high, and several shorter, leafier, non-flowering branches. The succulent, light-green leaves are arranged alternately or in whorls of three. Flowers are white with five, pointed petals and occur in a three-branched terminal clusters.
Woods Stonecrop is a member of the sedum family (family Crassulaceae), which includes succulent herbs or small shrubs, commonly with star-like flowers in branched clusters. There are about 35 genera and 1,500 species. Many are cultivated as ornamentals or succulent novelties, including Jade Tree, Stonecrops, and Air Plant. Vegetative reproduction is common in the family, and in some members little plantlets grow along the leaves, drop to the ground, and root.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV Native Distribution:
NY to s. MI & e.c. IA, s. to GA, TN & AR; an escape
further north & east Native Habitat:
Damp, rocky woods & cliffs, especially limestone areas USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(I)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Thin, limey soils. Conditions Comments:
Once established, this prostrate,
spreading ground cover needs little, if any, maintenance.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by division, cuttings or seed. Because seeds are so tiny, they should be mixed with sand and sown in a protected location. Cuttings may be taken from sterile shoots at any time during the growing season. A rooting chamber is not required. Be
Seed Collection: Very small, dark-brown seeds are ready for collection 2-3 weeks after the plant flowers. Air-dry and store in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DELongwood Gardens
- Newark, DE
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff