Sedum caespitosum (Cav.) DC.
Broad-leaved Stonecrop, Tiny Stonecrop
Aithales caespitosa, Crassula caespitosa, Crassula diffusa, Crassula magnolii, Crassula verticillaris, Procrassula caespitosa, Procrassula magnolii, Sedum cespitosum, Sedum deserti-hungarici, Sedum louisii, Sedum magnolii, Sedum melanoleucum, Sedum rubens subsp. caespitosum, Sedum rubrum, Sedum rubrum var. louisii, Sedum stellatum, Tillaea caespitosa, Tillaea erecta, Tillaea rubra
This species is native to southern Europe, parts of the Middle East, and northern Africa.
Sedum caespitosum is a small annual succulent with erect, usually solitary, or sometimes branched stems. It grows to 2.4 inches (6 cm) tall, slowly spreading to form a dense mat. Leaves are thick, fleshy, green or red in full sun, egg-shaped, and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) long. Flowers are star-shaped, white, often tinged red or pinkish-red, have a red or green keel, and appear in short terminal cymes from spring to summer.
The specific epithet "caespitosum" derives from a Latin word meaning "growing in clumps" and refers to the growth habit of the plant.
How to Grow and Care for Sedum caespitosum
Light: These succulents grow best in locations where they will enjoy the full sun for at least six or more hours per day. Most species will tolerate partial shade but will not thrive in deep shade.
Soil: Sedums do not like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is essential to prevent root rot. Choose a gritty, well-draining soil.
Watering: Sedum plants are drought-tolerant but do need some water. They do their best with regular watering from spring through fall. Water thoroughly and wait for the soil to dry out before watering again.
Fertilizing: A balanced organic fertilizer each spring is generally all Sedums require. As long as the plants are divided annually and provided with fresh soil, feeding is unnecessary.
Repotting: Sedums in containers require little more care than those in gardens. Repot your plants when they outgrow their current pot by moving them out to a larger container to hold the plant better.
Propagation: Once you have one Sedum, it is easy to make more by taking stems or leaf cuttings and dividing the plant. Sedums are also easy to grow from seed.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.
Toxicity of Sedum caespitosum
Sedums are not listed as toxic for people but can be mildly toxic to pets and children.
- Back to genus Sedum
- Succupedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus
Click on a photo to see a larger version.