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Sedum spathulifolium Hook.
Broadleaf Stonecrop, Broad-leaf Stonecrop, Common Stonecrop
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)
USDA Symbol: SESP
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
This species occurs in many forms throughout its range. Near the coast the leaves may be chalky white, or even white edged with red-purple. Mountain and inland forms have vivid-green to blue-green leaves. Like all sedums, the leaves are succulent, occuring in tight rosettes. The star-like flowers of this perennial are bright yellow, occuring in open clusters on flowering stems 2-8 in. high.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: N. & c. CA, n. to s. B.C.
Native Habitat: Rocky slopes & ledges below 7500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Plants work best when set at an angle so water drains off the crown. Stonecrop appreciates some summer water. Try growing in rock wall; prefers dry, nutrient-poor, thin soils.
BenefitUse Food: EDIBLE PARTS: Stems and leaves, when very young and tender, may be eaten raw. Later, until they flower, they may be briefly cooked until tender. Young tubers, sliced in the spring and late fall, can be added to salads. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Warning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Low toxicity if eaten. Unknown symptomts but possibly gastrointestinal symptoms. Toxic Principle: Alkaloids sedine, sedamine, and others.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Increase with cuttings, rooted sections or seed.
Commercially Avail: yes
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sedum spathulifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sedum spathulifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sedum spathulifolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-27
Research By: TWC Staff