Hardy Stonecrops (Sedum)

Sedum album
Sedum album (White Stonecrop)

Sedum is a genus of the Crassulaceae family. It contains about 400 species native to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. The mainly succulent plants grow erect or creeping.

Commonly, the Sedum species are known as Stonecrops.

The Orpines such as Sedum spectabile or Sedum telephium, both popular with gardeners, no longer belong to the genus Sedum. They already have been in the genus Hylotelephium for several years. However, they are still often found in the shops under their old botanical names.

Hardy Sedum species for the garden

Goldmoss Stonecrop (Sedum acre)

Goldmoss Stonecrop Sedum acre

The Goldmoss Stonecrop is native to Europe, temperate Asia and North Africa. It tolerates frost up to -9.4 °F/-23 °C and grows only about 10 centimeters high. A cultivar with light green leaves is available.

White Stonecrop (Sedum album)

White Stonecrop Sedum album
Sedum album “Coral Carpet”

From the White Stonecrop cultivars with red and yellow-green leaves are available. Frost tolerance is -0.4 °F/-18 °C.

Its area of distribution extends from Europe to western Asia and the Caucasus.

Reflexed Stonecrop (Sedum rupestre)

Reflexed Stonecrop Sedum rupestre

Like the previous two species, Reflexed Stonecrop is a native species of Central Europe and can tolerate frost to -9.4 °F-23 °C. Several cultivars are available, with yellow, red-yellow or green-yellow leaves. It shows its yellow flowers in summer.

Sedum rupestre Yellow Cushion
Sedum rupestre “Yellow Cushion”
Sedum rupestre Angelina
Sedum rupestre “Angelina”

Colorado Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)

Colorado Stonecrop Sedum spathulifolium

The Colorado stonecrop is native to North America and can be obtained with silvery or red leaves. It grows up to 10 centimeters high and blooms in early summer.

Frost tolerance is up to -0.4 °F/-18 °C.