Sedum, as a groundcover

Latin Name: Sedum, as a groundcover
Common Name: Stonecrop
Mature Height (ft): 4-6"
Mature Width: 12"

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Succulent groundcover.
Mulch: Inorganic is best.

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There are many different sedum species and varieties of this delightful spreading groundcover. I took this picture on a garden tour in Angel Fire New Mexico, and have not been able to identify it yet. It is easy to see from the picture how it got its common name, stonecrop. Sedum groundcovers spread nicely in a low to medium water use area of gritty, well drained soil, and will do just fine in afternoon shade.

Often, our intense heat and sunlight will cause sedums to stress. Their succulent, thick, fleshy green leaves will yellow for about 6 weeks in mid summer, then resume their original green color. With sparse watering, too, it is easy to keep weeds out of your rock garden or border. Sedums are a natural for cascading over rocks or the sides of containers.

Propagation is by root divisions, cuttings, or by seed.

Use in Garden

Groundcover or part sun/part shade location. Rock garden. Border plant. Pollinator gardens.Container gardens.


Snip spent flower heads for a neater appearance.