Sedum ternatum Michx.
Woodland Stonecrop, Wild Stonecrop, Whorled Stonecrop, Three-leaved Stonecrop
Sedum deficiens, Sedum portulacoides
Sedum ternatum is a small, spreading succulent plant. Grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) high and spreads by creeping stems which root at the nodes. Stems break away and die in winter, leaving newly rooted plants separated from the mother plant. Features small, rounded, fleshy, succulent-like leaves, up up 0.8 inch (1 cm) long, which appear in whorls of three, thus giving rise to the common names. Clusters of tiny white, star-like flowers, up to 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) wide, with purplish stamens appear on erect stems above the foliage in spring.
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 eastern United States.
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