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Sedum lineare (Needle Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Sedum lineare Thunb.

Common Names

Needle Stonecrop, Carpet Sedum, Linear Stonecrop Herb, Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum anhuiense, Sedum subtile

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Sedum lineare is a mat-forming evergreen succulent plant with bushy and semi trailing stems up to 6 inches (15 cm) long. The new growth on this plant is often upright and then lies down under the weight of the stems and in shade it tends to grow slightly more open and taller. The leaves are succulent, light green or pale greenish yellow, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are star-shaped, yellow and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) wide.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 7a to 11b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °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

Origin

Sedum lineare is native to Eastern Asia, China and Japan.

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