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Sedum spathulifolium

Broad-leafed Stonecrop

Fat, broad leaves form little grey rosettes along prostrate stems with each silver gray leaf tipped in brilliant red. In April, tiny star shaped flowers shoot up above the foliage attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to its yellow blooms. Easy to grow, this groundcover is perfect for a rock garden or a dry slope.

Benefits

Superb massed to form a brilliant groundcover
Easy to grow and perfect for planting in waves
Butterfly larvae feed on the leaves
Performs well in rocky, drought-prone soils
Butterflies flock to its nectar rich flowers!
Looks great in container gardens

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in almost any garden soil in full sun. Drought tolerant once established.


Height
4-6 Inches

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Spread
10-12 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Native Range

Rocky outcroppings and dry areas from Alaska south into California

Native Trivia

This sedum is edible. You can eat it raw or used as a unique addition to soups or stir-fry.


"Butterflies are active during the day. They use their colors to attract a mate or to warn predators that they are unpleasant to eat. In contrast, moths are usually dull in color and are active at dusk or during the night."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Coastal
Foliage Color
Green
Red-Purple
Silver
Uses
Border
Container
Drought tolerant
Edging
Ground cover
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
California
Oregon
Washington