Sedum acre
Common Name: moss stonecrop 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Crassulaceae
Native Range: Northern Africa, western Asia, Europe, Greenland
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 0.00 to 0.25 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Ground Cover, Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Evergreen
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil


Easily grown in shallow, rocky, limestone to sandstone, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils of moderate to low fertility in full sun. Good tolerance for light shade. Seldom needs watering, but tolerates moist (not wet) soils with good drainage. Plants freely self-seed in optimal growing conditions. Tolerates hot, dry sites and poor soils, and will spread fast in the garden. Also tolerates occasional foot traffic. Break off a stem segment and stick it in the ground for creation of a new plant. In the alternative, seeds may be started indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. USDA Zones 3-8.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Sedum acre, commonly called common stonecrop or gold moss stonecrop, is a tiny, rhizomatous, tuberous-rooted, carpet-forming, evergreen succulent perennial which typically grows to only 3” tall but spreads in a moss-like fashion along the ground to 24” or more to form an interesting and often impressive ground cover. It is native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia where it is primarily found in rock crevices, ravine edges and scrubby areas. Plants are thickly clothed with blunt, conical, pale green leaves (each to only 1/4” long). Leaves overlap in shingle-like fashion. Small, terminal clusters of tiny, star-shaped, five-petaled, yellow flowers (each to 1/2” across) bloom in flat terminal inflorescences just above the foliage throughout most of the summer.

Genus name comes from the Latin word sedeo meaning to sit in reference to the general growing habit of many of the sedums (they sit and sprawl over rocks).

Specific epithet is named for its acrid taste.


No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for slugs and snails. Scale may occur.


Excellent ground cover. Possible lawn substitute with minimal foot traffic. Sunny border fronts or rock gardens. Atop rock walls. Walkways. Ground cover for hot sites with poor soils. Best massed or in groups. Site in areas where both the foliage and flowers may be appreciated. Containers.