sedum

I find Sedum a fascinating and engaging species, whether native or not.

Their diminutive stature and sturdy nature, their bright flowers and color/texture variations invite closer examination, better down on hands and knees, up close and personal, rather than broad swaths and vistas of plants that can be viewed from a distance.

There are several Stonecrop native to Oregon; not all are readily available in local nurseries, but there is a native Sedum for nearly every garden setting and are worth seeking out.

Many are evergreen; those that are native west of the Cascades tend to be mat-forming (yes, sometimes aggressively-so. Hint: those with the broader, more spatula-shaped leaves are less invasive than those with narrower, more pointed leaves). Sedums found natively in higher-elevation and drier conditions tend to be found tucked into rocky crevices and are more likely candidates for winter-dry containers or quick-draining rock gardens.

All native Sedum flower in various shades of yellow, in similar starry-clusters held a bit above the foliage. All are fairly low-maintenance and carefree to grow, given some water and proper drainage.

Sedum oreganum, Sedum spathulifolium and Sedum stenopetalum are available in local nurseries; species native to more alpine / drier climates are likely available from nurseries that specialize more in dry-country plants, for they aren’t uncommon.

Oregon Stonecrop

Sedum oreganum: Oregon stonecrop

Tight, small green clusters of egg-to-spoon shaped evergreen leaves occasionally with a bronze cast. Topped with small clusters or open yellow starry flowers in summer. Grows in full sun to partial shade in regularly moist to dry conditions. Native west of the Cascades, all the way to the coast.

Broad-leaved Stonecrop

Sedum spatulifolium: Broad-leaved stonecrop

Growing from thick rhizomes, the rosettes of small flat leaves vary in color from gray to sage green, sometimes red, but all coated with a bluish cast unique among the native Sedum. Also at home in full sun to partial shade, S. spatulifolium can take somewhat drier, rockier conditions than S. oreganum.

Sedum stenopetalum (5190427631)

Sedum stenopetalum: Narrow-leaved sedum, Wormleaf stonecrop

This stonecrop is home both sides of the Cascades, but in drier, higher-elevation conditions. Also mostly evergreen, these leaves are narrow, arranged on short, ascending stems, rather than broad and mat-forming. This Sedum is adaptable to crevices in rock walls as well as filling space between stepping stones, preferring well-drained, tending-toward-dry soil. The starry clusters of flowers that top the small stems are likewise smaller and less showy. A sweet, diminutive specimen.

Cascade Stonecrop

Sedum divergens: Cascade stonecrop

This is a sedum of rocky mid-elevation to subalpine areas along the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain areas. The golden, more singular star shaped flowers are held above tiny clusters of succulent oval leaves that are green when young, turning bright red when older; looking a bit like strings of jelly beans. This evergreen stonecrop spreads readily, rooting where stem tips touch the ground.

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