Spoon-leaved Stonecrop

Sedum spathulifolium | Also known as: Broadleaf Stonecrop, Broad-leaved stonecrop | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

An alpine that adds a frosting to the rock garden

Like so many of its genus, Sedum spathulifolium is an evergreen mat-forming perennial with tiny rosettes of foliage, but what makes this Sedum different is its frosted-green colour. When summer comes, it is splashed with a myriad of tiny yellow star-shaped blossoms, which stand out vividly against the foliage. Its common name is the Spoon-leaved Stonecrop, and with its leaves concave and resembling a spoon in shape, that is understandable. Hardy and a natural lover of hot climates, it has a distinct dislike of wet winters, so be sure to plant in well-drained soil in a sheltered corner of your garden.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating this plant, or you may have mild stomach upset. Its sap may irritate your skin.
Height [m]
  • 0.1
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Foliage in winter
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Mat-forming
  • Tapering
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 30 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Succulents
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
  • Gravel garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Ground cover
  • Edging
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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