Sedum is a perennial plant with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. Here’s how to grow sedum in your garden!
There are many, many different varieties and species of sedum—also called “stonecrop”—which makes them suitable for use in almost any garden design. They’re hardy, easy to care for, and beloved by pollinators, too!
We like to divide sedum into two main categories based on the plants’ growth habits: low-growing sedum and upright sedum.
- Low–growing sedum spreads along the ground, reaching only a few inches (or less) in height. This makes them perfect for use as a ground cover along paths, in rock gardens, or cascading down a stone wall.
- Upright sedum tends to form tall, upright clumps that produce a tight mass of tiny reddish-pink flowers. Their height and attractive flowers make them good candidates for border gardens or pollinator gardens. A few years ago, upright sedum was reclassified to another genus, Hylotelephium, but it is still commonly referred to as a “sedum.”