Sedum spathulifolium

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Sedum spathulifolium
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Sedum
S. spathulifolium
Binomial name
Sedum spathulifolium

Sedum spathulifolium is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae known by the common names broadleaf stonecrop,[1] yellow stonecrop,[2] and Colorado stonecrop.[3] An evergreen perennial, it is native to western North America from British Columbia to southern California, where it can be found often in shade in many types of rocky habitat in coastal and inland hills and mountains.[4]


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.[5]


This plant is useful as ornamental groundcover in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. It dislikes winter wet.[6] Numerous cultivars have been selected for garden use, of which 'Cape Blanco'[7] and 'Purpureum'[8] have received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[9]

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  1. ^ "Sedum spathulifolium". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Yellow Stonecrop". California Native Plant Society. Calscape. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  3. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. ^ "Yellow Stonecrop". California Native Plant Society. Calscape. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  5. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  6. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  7. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sedum spathulifolium". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Sedum spathulifolium 'Purpureum'". RHS. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  9. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 96. Retrieved 8 November 2018.

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