Common Name: Caucasian stonecrop
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 0.00 to 0.25 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Bloom Description: Rose red
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Air Pollution
Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light shade. Needs good soil drainage to perform well. Avoid overwatering. Drought tolerant. Plants may be sited 12” apart when grown as a ground cover. Easily propagated by cuttings or division.
Sedum spurium, commonly called Caucasian stonecrop or two row stonecrop, is a low-growing, sprawling, mat-forming sedum or stonecrop that is commonly grown as a ground cover. It is native to the Caucusus. This is an evergreen plant that typically rises only 3-6” tall but spreads to 18-24” wide by creeping, branching stems that easily root at the nodes. Thick, succulent, opposite, obovate, flattened leaves (to 1” long) with wedge-shaped bases are toothed near the ends. Leaves are medium green with reddish-tinged margins. Lower stem leaves are deciduous, but newer leaves near the stem tips are evergreen, typically turning deep burgundy in fall for overwintering. Leaves are arranged in two rows along the stems, hence the sometimes used common name of two row stonecrop. Tiny, 5-petaled, star-shaped, pinkish-red flowers (to 3/4” diameter) in dense, 4-branched inflorescences (to 4-6" tall) bloom from late spring to mid-summer (June-July in St. Louis) atop upright reddish flower stems. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.
Sedum comes from the Latin word sedo meaning to sit in reference to the general growing habit of sedums (sit and sprawl over rocks).
Specific epithet means false (meaning of "false" being unclear).
‘Fuldaglut’ is a low-growing, mat-forming, maroon-leaved cultivar that grows 2-3” tall but spreads to 18” wide. Leaves are attractive throughout the growing season. Foliage is semi-evergreen in St. Louis winters.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Rock garden or small area ground cover. Stone wall pockets. Best when planted in groups or massed as a ground cover.