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Sedum nuttallianum (Yellow stonecrop)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Sedum nuttallianum

Sedum nuttallianum Raf.

Yellow Stonecrop

Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)


USDA Symbol: senu

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Yellow Stonecrop is a low, smooth, clumpy, mat-forming annual, 2-4 in. tall. Small, yellow flowers with five sharp-pointed petals are in clusters along the horizontal branches. Both branches and the small leaves are succulent. Mats range from several inches to several feet in diameter.

This is an excellent species to use as a cover plant or scattered between rocks or stones.


From the Image Gallery

39 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AR , KS , LA , MO , OK , TX
Native Distribution: S.w. MO, KS, AR, OK & TX
Native Habitat: Among rocks of prairies, bluffs & slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Deep, sandy or clay soils, especially limestone, sandstone or granite.
Conditions Comments: Excellent when used as a cover plant or scattered between rocks or stones.


Use Ornamental: Ground cover, Rock gardens, Attractive
Nectar Source: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0389 Collected May 14, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0177 Collected May 8, 1991 in Bexar County by Judith C. Berry
NPSOT 0151 Collected May 1, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0799 Collected May 6, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox

4 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-208 Collected 2008-06-24 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Web Reference

Webref 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 resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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