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Sedum tetractinum

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SEE-dum teh-TRAK-tih-num
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Space plants 6 to 9 inches apart

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

It can be found in forests or natural areas as a native plant.

 

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Containers at Pitt County Arboretum
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Coral Reef'
  • 'Lavenderlei'
'Coral Reef', 'Lavenderlei'
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#houseplant#succulent#interiorscape#fall interest#playground#cpp#herb garden culinary#children's garden#groundcover#pollinator plant#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Coral Reef'
  • 'Lavenderlei'
'Coral Reef', 'Lavenderlei'
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#houseplant#succulent#interiorscape#fall interest#playground#cpp#herb garden culinary#children's garden#groundcover#pollinator plant#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sedum
    Species:
    tetractinum
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Textural
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Poisonous
    Succulent
    Habit/Form:
    Prostrate
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Very Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Bright yellow flower cluster
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Fleshy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Flat, round green foliage turns reddish-bronze in the fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    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
    Stems