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Sedum ternatum (Wild Stonecrop)

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). Will spread by creeping stems which 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 groundcover.
  • 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sedum - Stonecrops
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
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, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Sedum - Stonecrops
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 9" (15cm – 22cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
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, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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