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SEDUM ternatum

Image of Sedum ternatum

James H. Schutte

Family

Crassulaceae

Botanical Name

SEDUM ternatum

Plant Common Name

Woodland Stonecrop

General Description

This exceptionally shade-tolerant sedum from the eastern United States offers lush green foliage and dainty white flowers on low trailing stems. In its native range it grows in habitats ranging from moist stream banks to dry rocky ledges. Densely borne in whorls of three on thin creeping stems that root at the nodes, the shiny round leaves form a mat-like carpet that remains green most of the year. The starry flowers appear in three-branched, white-stemmed clusters in spring.

This lovely plant is widely adaptable, tolerating heavier soils and higher moisture levels and preferring some shade. Include it in those special spots in the wildflower or rock garden, or use it in mixed borders. It also makes a useful small-scale groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No