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Sedum obtusatum (Sierra sedum)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Sedum obtusatum

Sedum obtusatum A. Gray

Sierra Sedum, Sierra stonecrop

Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Pale yellow flowers in branched clusters atop reddish stalks growing from dense basal rosettes of succulent, often reddish-tinged leaves.

Sedum, from the Latin sedere (to sit), here refers to the tendency of many species to grow low to the ground. In all plants, open pores in the leaves let in carbon dioxide, to be used in photosynthesis. However, this allows stored water to escape, a critical problem in arid environments. In many succulents, including members of Sedum, water loss is reduced because their pores are open only at night; the carbon dioxide that enters is stored for use in daylight, when the pores are closed.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: Southern Oregon south to southern Sierra Nevada.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes at moderate to high elevations.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Oregon Native Plant Nursery - Woodburn, OR

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Sedum obtusatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sedum obtusatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sedum obtusatum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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