Botanical Name: Sedum spathulifolium
Common Name: Pacific, Round, or Yellow Stonecrop  
Plant photo of: Sedum spathulifolium
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Succulent


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey, Purple, Red, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Tropical


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This species of sedum is quite low, usually under 4 inches. Leaves are somewhat rounded, thick and fleshy with a unusual white powdery coating which lends a white to grey-green appearance. In early summer, they produce flat-topped clusters of yellow flowers. In autumn, leaves often turn reddish to purplish. In fact, this plants foliage seems to change color constantly all year round. They are particularly well suited for mixing among Sempervivums and other low stonecrops in the rockery, front of the perennial border or alpine troughs.
This species of sedums is native to western North America. For a sedum, they can tolerate considerable moisture, as long as it doesn't gather around their crowns, yet they are also drought-tolerant. They grow in sun to part sun, in well drained soil. In bloom, sedums attract bees and butterflies. Sedums are attractive groundcovers, but they are very brittle, so use in areas of low or no foot traffic, or at the edges of walkways. As a group, sedums prefer well-drained soils, including sandy-loam, clay-loam, or rocky soils, as long as it is well drained. In nature, most sedums occur in light shade or partly sunny sites, while a few are also well-adapted to full sun situations. They can tolerate both drought conditions or more frequent watering, but the key is good drainage. Their xeric nature makes sedums popular for use in rock gardens, roof gardens, wall gardens, and living wreaths.