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Sedum spathulifolium
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Sedum
Species:
spathulifolium

Sedum spathulifolium is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae known by the common names broadleaf stonecrop, yellow stonecrop, and Colorado stonecrop. An evergreen perennial, it is native to western North America from British Columbia to southern California, where it can be found often in shade in many types of rocky habitat in coastal and inland hills and mountains.

Description

It is quite variable and usually divided into at least two subtaxa. In general, it is a succulent plant producing mats of basal rosettes from a system of rhizomes. The basal leaves are 1 or 2 centimeters long. They are sometimes coated in a waxy, powdery looking exudate. The inflorescence is a short, erect array of many small flowers with yellow petals.

The specific epithet spathulifolium refers to the spade-shaped leaves.

Cultivation

This plant is useful as ornamental groundcover in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. It dislikes winter wet. Numerous cultivars have been selected for garden use, of which 'Cape Blanco' and 'Purpureum' have received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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