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Sedum album

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SEE-dum AL-bum
Description

Sedum is a genus of succulent, evergreen, herbaceous perennials with fleshy, flat or rounded leaves depending on the species. In general, the plant is upright and spreads along the ground. The genus has over 300 species, though many have been moved to the genus Hylotelephium. The genus name comes from the Latin word sedeo meaning to sit in reference to the habit of many of the sedums species to sit and sprawl over rocks. The species name, album, from Latin means white in reference to the flowers.

White Stonecrop is easy to grow in dry to moist well drained soil in full sun, although it does tolerate light shade. The plant prefers sandy or gravelly soils of low fertility and the succulent leaves make it drought and heat tolerant when well established. The plant can be invasive and spreads along the ground by prostrate stems that root at the nodes, unless controlled. Because the plant is low to the ground, mat forming, and spreads aggressively, it can be used for ground cover in a sunny position; although it can overwhelm other plants of similar height. White Stonecrop is a recommended plant species for Triangle Area Green Roofs. White Stonecrop tolerates only occassional foot traffic. The leaves tend to fall off easily; however, the fallen leaves can be used to propagate new plants.

Some references describe White Stonecrop as mildly toxic if ingested, while others do not. In any event, stems and leaves may be eaten raw when very young and tender. As the stems and leaves age, but before the plants flower, the edible parts may still be eaten if they are briefly cooked. The leaves, eaten in quantity, can cause stomach upsets.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

No serious diseases or insect problems, except for occasional slugs and snails. Avoid wet or poorly drained conditions.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Coral Carpet'
    Leaves emerge salmon colored, turn green, then bronze in winter. White to pink blossoms.
  • 'Murale'
    Three inches tall, spreads indefinetly, excellent groundcover.
  • 'Orange Ice'
    Creeping mat of 3 inch foliage, green tinted with red changing to orange in winter.
  • 'Purpureum'
'Coral Carpet', 'Murale', 'Orange Ice', 'Purpureum'
Tags:
#evergreen#succulent#green roof#fall interest#cpp#aggressive#herb garden culinary#children's garden#herbaceous perennials#playground plant#groundcover#pollinator plant#bird friendly#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Coral Carpet'
    Leaves emerge salmon colored, turn green, then bronze in winter. White to pink blossoms.
  • 'Murale'
    Three inches tall, spreads indefinetly, excellent groundcover.
  • 'Orange Ice'
    Creeping mat of 3 inch foliage, green tinted with red changing to orange in winter.
  • 'Purpureum'
'Coral Carpet', 'Murale', 'Orange Ice', 'Purpureum'
Tags:
#evergreen#succulent#green roof#fall interest#cpp#aggressive#herb garden culinary#children's garden#herbaceous perennials#playground plant#groundcover#pollinator plant#bird friendly#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sedum
    Species:
    album
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Western Asia, North Africa
    Distribution:
    Britain, Eastern and Western Canada, Northeast and Northwest United States
    Wildlife Value:
    attracts butterflies
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Edibility:
    Stems and leaves can be eaten raw when young or, when plant matures, but before flowering, after they are briefly cooked. When eaten in quantity, the leaves can cause stomach upset.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Succulent
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Dense
    Horizontal
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny, star-like, white flowers in clusters (paniculate cymes) bloom in mid-summer above the foliage mat. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. Blooms June through August.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Small, succulent, stalkless, linear-oblong, cylindrical to flattened, green leaves (to 3/4 of an inch long) turn reddish brown for fall and winter.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Weedy