Tried and True
Recommended by 4 Professionals
Species Native to Missouri
Common Name: three-leaved stonecrop
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Air Pollution
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates part shade and moist soils better than most other sedums.
Three-leaved stonecrop (also commonly called whorled stonecrop) is a small, spreading, Missouri native perennial which typically occurs in damp locations along stream banks, bluff bases and stony ledges (as in stonecrop). Grows 3-6" 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 (to 3/4" long) which appear in whorls of three, thus giving rise to the common names. Clusters of tiny white, star-like flowers (to 1/2" wide) with purplish stamens appear on erect stems above the foliage in spring.
No serious insect or disease problems. Botrytis is an occasional problem. Although it spreads by creeping stems, and any unwanted plants are easy to remove.
Best in rock gardens or as a ground cover. Native plant garden.