Sedum acre, Yellow stonecrop is a small, hardy native succulent plant ideal for vegetating an arid or sandy surface, a roof, wall cracks or sunny pots.
Scientific N. Sedum acre
Synonyms Sedum neglectum
Origin Europe, Asia, North Africa
Flowering july august
Height4 10 cm
Plant and cultivate
Hardiness very rustic, up to -34C
Exposition partial shade full sun
Sol mineral trend
Acidity little basic acid
Humidity normal trs sec
Usepaving, low wall, pot, green roof
Multiplicationcuttings, division, seedlings
Sedum acre, called acrid sedum, yellow stonecrop or wall pepper is a small succulent perennial and rustic belonging to the family Crassulaceae. The yellow stonecrop is a native plant that can be found in all the departments of France, specializing in poor or stony environments, such as on rocks or sand by the sea.
The acrid sedum is useful in the garden for vegetate places where the soil is almost absent.
Description of acrid sedum
Sedum acre is a ground cover plant, grassy, with multiple elongated stems then erect, 4 to 8 cm high. Its small, elongated, pointed and angular leaves are fleshy and a beautiful bright green: they create a dense carpet.
The stems have many sterile branches. The flower stems bloom at the end of the main stem from june to august. They have 3 to 5 bright yellow star flowers. The green carpet is then covered with yellow. These nectar-bearing flowers attract pollinating insects.
Acrid sedum varieties:
- Sedum acre ‘golden’, is a very beautiful variety with yellow / chartreux green foliage.
- Butan acre ‘Elegans’, plume, shows creamy gray foliage.
This sedum is vigorous and some consider it invasive since the small fragments caught by the feet or moved by birds carry out very efficient vegetative reproduction. However, the colored varieties are much less vigorous.
How to grow yellow stonecrop?
Sedum acre grows in everything sunny location with neutral to basic ground, as long as it is not in competition with taller plants which make it disappear: it absolutely needs sun. However, he specializes in poor soils or with little soil, drought resistant, but also to winter humidity.
As it is one of the most vigorous sedums, it will only be satisfactory if it does not compete with other low plants. Unless you are using the colored varieties, do not use the Sedum acre in a set of succulents, because it will quickly gain the upper hand over the others.
On the other hand, it is an excellent plant for replace a burning lawn or fill the surface of sunny hotpots, green a roof or a stony wall. It will be interesting for example for nicely cover old foundations.
Is yellow stonecrop edible?
Dried and crushed, its leaves can be used as a condiment (peppery taste). When fresh, they sting in the mouth and can make your stomach hurt if eaten in large quantities.
How to multiply the yellow stonecrop?
The yellow stonecrop multiplies really very simply, because even the smallest piece of broken stem is likely to take root. So divide in the spring or cuttings all summer.
Species and varieties of Sedum
About 500 species of sedum and among the hardy
- Sedum telephium, the stonecrop
- Sedum kamtschaticum, the Kamtchatka stonecrop
- Sedum torture, sedum a feuille epaisse
- Sedum hispanica, the stonecrop from Spain
- Sedum spectabilis, beautiful large perennial
- Sedum spurium, flat leaf rosettes
- Sedum sieboldii, l’orpin de Siebold
- Sedum monregalense, the sedum of Montéreale
Source: Au Jardin, conseils en jardinage by www.aujardin.info.
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