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Sedum lineare (Needle Stonecrop)


Scientific Name

Sedum lineare Thunb.

Common Names

Needle Stonecrop, Carpet Sedum, Linear Stonecrop Herb, Stonecrop


Sedum anhuiense, Sedum subtile

Scientific Classification

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


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 is often upright and then lies down under the weight of the stems. In shade it tends to grow slightly more open and taller. The leaves are succulent, light green or pale greenish yellow and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. It is in flower from late spring to early summer. The flowers are yellow, star-shaped and up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) across.

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USDA hardiness zones 7a to 11b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedums, keep in mind that this 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 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 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 a new plant will be established in a season or two.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


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

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