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Sedum hirsutum (Hairy Stonecrop)


Scientific Name

Sedum hirsutum All.

Common Names

Hairy Stonecrop


Sedum hirsutum subsp. hirsutum, Oreosedum hirsutum, Rosularia hirsuta

Scientific Classification

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


Sedum hirsutum is a perennial succulent plant with dense low clusters of Rosularia-like rosettes on erect stems up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. Leaves are up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) long, elliptic, flattened above, pubescent and light green. Flowers are five, rarely 6-petalled, up to 0.3 inch (7 mm) long, white with somewhat united petals in a pubescent, few-flowered inflorescence.


USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

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.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the Sedum plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant. For taller Sedum varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily and anew plant will be established in a season or two… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum


Native to south-western Europe and northwestern Africa.


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