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Woodland Stonecrop

Sedum ternatum

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Woodland Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sedum ternatum flowers

Sedum ternatum flowers

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Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Wild Stonecrop

Description:

This mat forming native sedum is unlike most of its cousins in that it prefers partially shaded conditions and moist soil; starry white blooms are revealed throughout spring; evergreen leaves are shiny and succulent, creating a lush woodland groundcover

Ornamental Features

Woodland Stonecrop's succulent round leaves emerge light green in spring, turning green in color the rest of the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Woodland Stonecrop is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Woodland Stonecrop is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Woodland Stonecrop will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Woodland Stonecrop is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing the canvas against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Texture  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features