Stone Orpine

Sedum rupestre | Also known as: Rocky Stonecrop | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

A covering for stones, slates and roofs even?

With minimum attention required and a healthy carpet of foliage to look forward to, it is not difficult to understand why Sedum rupestre is so popular. This evergreen perennial is the perfect solution when seeking lush groundcover. Also known as Stone Orpine, the plant has leaves that are thick and light green in colour, growing on erect stems. In summer, these stems feature clusters of tiny yellow flowers. It is ideal for gravel beds, rockeries and walls, and can be effective edging. A hardy garden plant, it is best to locate it in full sun in well-drained, moderately fertile soil, but be wary of severe sun scorch in summer. Minimal pruning is necessary.

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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
  • Mat-forming
  • Tapering
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H9-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 45 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • 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
  • Containers
  • Gravel garden
Garden spaces
  • Ground cover
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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