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Sedum palmeri (Palmer's Sedum)


Scientific Name

Sedum palmeri S. Watson

Common Names

Palmer's Sedum


Sedum compressum, Sedum palmeri subsp. emarginatum, Sedum palmeri subsp. rubromarginatum

Scientific Classification

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


Sedum palmeri is a small evergreen perennial succulent, up to 8 inches tall, with narrow weak stems and rosettes (up to 2 inches / 5 cm in diameter) of rounded leaves, dusty green with pale pink blush. Brilliant yellow starry flowers in lateral inflorescences.

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USDA hardiness zone 7a to 10b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Once established Palmer's Sedum is a very easy care plant. Like all succulents, it demands a porous soil and rapid drainage. Grow in rock gardens, mounds, small slopes and natural cliff faces, and at the top edge of retaining walls and curbs. This is a great plant for a soil pocket on a wall, as a container specimen or in a hanging basket. It is particularly nice in shade where its cheery yellow flowers are a welcome sight in winter.

Palmer's Sedum is noted as being one of the most shade-tolerant of Sedums but if grown in bright light the green leaves blush with pink. Water during the growing season only if the soil dries out completely. It is hardy to 20°F (-7°C) and some say it can handle temperatures closer to 0°F (-18°C).

Irrigate more or repot when plants drop lower leaves. You can prune back any errant runners, usually just by breaking them off. You can also cut back in spring to keep the growth habit a little more compact… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Palmer's Sedum (Sedum palmeri)


Sedum palmeri is native to northern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas) and Southern Mexico (Guanajuato, Hidalgo).

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