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Crassulaceae Sedum L.
 Sp. Pl. 1: 430. 1753 [1 May 1753]
   Sedums, also called stonecrops, are a large genus in the Crassula family, of around 400 species of leaf succulents, found throughout the northern hemisphere, and even a few in the southern hemisphere.  Ranging in size from shrubs to groundcovers and annuals, and differing in requirements, Sedums all have succulent water storing leaves, and basic five petal flowers (some have four or six).
 
Sedum  burrito   R. Moran
Cact. Succ. J. (Los Angeles) 49(6): 266. 1977
(Sedum morganianum var. burrito)
Donkey Tail Sedum, Baby Burros' Tail -
low water requirement half shade exposure
 




   Native to Mexico
 
Sedum  morganianum   E. Walther
Cact. Succ. J. (Los Angeles) 10: 35, figs. 1938
Donkey Tail Sedum -
low water requirement half shade exposure
 




  
Native to Mexico
 
Sedum  nussbaumerianum   Bitter
Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 8: 281. 1923
Golden Sedum -
low water requirement part shade exposure
 







   This colorful succulent shrub can grow up to 2' tall, and has narrow, 2.5" long, rusty yellow leaves.  This Mexican native takes easily from leaf and stem cuttings, and its' beautiful color intensifies in cold and sun.
 
Sedum  praealtum   A. DC.
(Sedum dendroideum subsp. praealtum)
Green Cockscomb, Greater Mexican Stonecrop -
low water requirement
 



    This spreading shrub can grow up to 3' tall, and several feet wide.
S. praealtums' 2" long elliptical glabrous leaves are placed near the ends of its' outstretched branches.  Native to Mexico, this evergreen succulent has large heads, of several bright yellow flowers.

   
 
Sedum  praealtum  crested
low water requirement part shade exposure
 
   
 
Sedum  rubrotinctum   R. T. Clausen
Cact. Succ. J. (Los Angeles) 20: 82. 1948
Pork and Beans -
low water requirement part shade exposure
 


   This plant is a spreading or hanging plant with 1" long, pellet shaped leaves.  These leaves stay green in the shade, but can turn deep red-orange in more sun.  In a hanging pot, this plant will grow to hang down several feet.

   
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Sedum page last updated: April 8, 2010.