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Common Names: Wild Stonecrop

Scientific Name: Sedum ternatum


Plant Characteristics

  • Duration: Perennial
  • Size: Typically grows to a height of 4-6 inches, forming low mats or ground covers.
  • Foliage: The leaves are succulent, opposite, and typically three-lobed or triangular, with a light to medium green color.
  • Bloom Color: Clusters of small, star-shaped white to pale pink flowers.
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer


Growing Conditions

  • Water Use: Low
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Well-Drained


Ecological Benefits

Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) is a native perennial plant that provides ecological benefits in Maryland's landscapes. Its low-growing, succulent foliage forms mats that are valuable for erosion control and ground cover in various habitats.


This plant's adaptability to low water use and well-drained soils makes it a hardy and low-maintenance choice for gardens and natural areas. By stabilizing soil and preventing erosion, Wild Stonecrop supports the health and balance of local ecosystems in Maryland, particularly in areas prone to soil disturbance. Additionally, its clusters of small white to pink flowers attract pollinators, contributing to local biodiversity.

Wild Stone Crop

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