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Phedimus spurius (Sedum spurium) – Caucasian Stonecrop


Scientific Name

Phedimus spurius (M. Bieb.) ’t Hart

Common Names

Caucasian Stonecrop, Two-row Stonecrop, Creeping Stonecrop


Sedum spurium (basionym), Sedum oppositifolium, Sedum spurium var. coccineum

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Phedimus


Phedimus spurius is a short semi-evergreen perennial groundcover, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall in foliage and up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall in flower, quickly spreading to form mats of dense stems and miniature foliage. Opposite, flat, fleshy, short-stalked green leaves (up to 0.75 inch / 2 cm long). Flowers are pink or pinkish-white in dense clusters with petals erect.

Phedimus spurius (Sedum spurium) - Caucasian Stonecrop


USDA hardiness zone 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

There are few plants more forgiving of sun and bad soil than Sedum plants. Growing Sedum is easy, so easy, in fact, that even the most novice gardener can excel at it. With a large number of Sedum varieties to choose from, you will find one that works for your garden. When growing Sedum, keep in mind that Sedum plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else.

A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer. Overwatering and overfertilizing can hurt the plants far worse than not watering or fertilizing… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


Native to Iran, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation (Ciscaucasia).

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