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Sedum ternatum (Wild Stonecrop)

Woodland Stonecrop, Wild Stonecrop, Iceland Moss, Three-Leaved Stonecrop, Whorled Stonecrop, Clausenellia ternata

Woodland Stonecrop, Wild Stonecrop, Iceland Moss, Three-Leaved Stonecrop, Whorled Stonecrop, Clausenellia ternata
Woodland Stonecrop, Wild Stonecrop, Iceland Moss, Three-Leaved Stonecrop, Whorled Stonecrop, Clausenellia ternata
Woodland Stonecrop, Wild Stonecrop, Iceland Moss, Three-Leaved Stonecrop, Whorled Stonecrop, Clausenellia ternata

Sedum ternatum (Wild Stonecrop) is a low-growing, mat-forming, evergreen perennial with fleshy, rounded, succulent light-green leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm), arranged in whorls of three. Luminous clusters of tiny, star-shaped, white flowers adorned with prominent purplish black stamens bloom, just above the foliage, in mid-spring to early summer. Tolerating part shade and moist soils better than most other sedums, Wild Stonecrop makes a lush succulent groundcover for a shady or sheltered rock garden or rock wall. Once established, it needs little, if any, maintenance. Sedum ternatum is the most widespread native Sedum species in eastern North America.

  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall (7-15 cm) and 6-9 in. wide (15-22 cm). It will spread by creeping stems that root at the nodes.
  • Performs best in light shade, in average, moist to dry, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Perfect for rock gardens or as a ground cover.
  • Virtually disease and pest free. Keep an eye out for botrytis. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Low maintenance, this Sedum forgives neglect!
  • Propagate by division, cuttings, or seed.
  • Native to eastern North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Sedum
Common names Sedum, Stonecrop
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spread 6" - 9"
(15cm - 23cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Sedum
Common names Sedum, Stonecrop
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spread 6" - 9"
(15cm - 23cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden
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