Sedum, commonly known as Stonecrop, is a large genus of succulent plants in the Crassulaceae family, distributed through the Northern hemisphere with only a few species native to Southern hemisphere. The genus contains about 500 species of annuals, evergreen or deciduous perennials and subshrubs.
Most species have attractive, fleshy leaves and beautiful, star-shaped flowers. Sedums thrive in rock gardens, around stones or alongside pathways and structures, and come in a variety of colors and forms.
The genus name is derived from the Latin word “sedeo”(“to sit”), because they sit and sprawl over rocks.
Sedum is a symbol of peace and tranquility.
Interesting facts about Sedum:
Is Sedum Toxic?
Generally, Sedum is not toxic to pets and humans. However, it is toxic if ingested and can irritate the skin.
Benefits and Uses
Sedum acre, commonly known as Goldmoss Stonecrop, was used for the treatment of skin diseases and epilepsy.
Mat-forming Stonecrops have been used as green roof coverings. They were the first species employed in the green roof industry. Sedums are perfect for roof coverings because they can store water in its leaves and are able to endure varying weather conditions. They are drought and disease tolerant and require low maintenance.
Annuals, Cactus - Succulents, Perennials, Shrubs
The flowers come in a rainbow of colors, from red, orange, pink and purple to yellow and white. The foliage can be found in different colors, too.
Sedums can grow from 10 to 90 cm (4 inches to 3 ft), depending on variety.
These plants prefer well drained soil that is neutral, alkaline or acidic. The ideal soil pH is between 6.0 and 8.0.