Sedum spathulifolium

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Sedum spathulifolium
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Sedum
Species: S. spathulifolium
Binomial name
Sedum spathulifolium
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Sedum spathulifolium is a species of flowering plant in the stonecrop family known by the common name broadleaf stonecrop. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to southern California, where it can be found in many types of rocky habitat in coastal and inland hills and mountains.

Description[edit]

It is quite variable and usually divided into at least two subtaxa. In general, it is a succulent plant producing mats of basal rosettes from a system of rhizomes. The basal leaves are 1 or 2 centimeters long. They are sometimes coated in a waxy, powdery looking exudate. The inflorescence is a short, erect array of many small flowers with yellow petals.

The specific epithet spathulifolium refers to the spade-shaped leaves.[1]

Cultivation[edit]

This plant is useful as ornamental groundcover, and tolerates light shade.[2] Numerous cultivars have been selected for garden use, of which 'Cape Blanco' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sedum spathulifolium". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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