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Mountain Stonecrop Sedum ternatum

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SEE-dum ter-NAY-tum
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Space plants 6 to 12 inches apart.  The stems creep along the ground or over rocks, forming dense mats.  

Although this plant is considered toxic, the stems and leaves, when very young and tender, may be eaten raw.  Later, until they flower, they may be briefly cooked.

Habitat: Moist forests, coves, bottomlands, shaded rock outcrops

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall color#semi-evergreen#succulent#playground#herb garden#cpp#NC native#children's garden#pollinator plant#native wildflower#food source summer#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#FACU Coastal#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall color#semi-evergreen#succulent#playground#herb garden#cpp#NC native#children's garden#pollinator plant#native wildflower#food source summer#food source nectar#food source pollen#bird friendly#FACU Piedmont Mountains#FACU Coastal#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sedum
    Species:
    ternatum
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South East Canada to North Central & EasternU.S.A
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Textural
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from May to July
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Flower stalk branches into three curved or horizontal branches of white flowers, 4-5 petals with sharp points and 5 green sepals. Blooms from April to June.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Smooth
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Spatulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Flat or rounded leaves. Lower leaves are spatulate. Non-flowering stems have .5-1" flat, oval, medium green leaves arranged in whorls of three. Flower stems have smaller leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Arching stem
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Unknown, but possibly gastrointestinal symptoms
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids sedine, sedamine and others
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems