Sedum oreganum (Oregon Stonecrop)


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Plant Description: Sedum oreganum is a succulent, rhizomatous perennial with an interesting habit. It produces both sterile and flowering shoots which grow horizontally at the base and then turn upright. Its evergreen leaves are very small (less than one inch long), fleshy and spoon-shaped. Leaf color is green to occasionally reddish; young foliage is covered with a whitish waxy bloom. Clusters of small yellow flowers emerge from the end of stems, bearing long, lance-shaped petals. The tips of the petals are conspicuously pointy and the entire flower turns pinkish with time.

  • Height: 4-8"
  • Width: 8-12"
  • Watering needs: moist to dry
  • Sun needs: full sun to part shade 
  • Soil needs: well-drained, gravelly or rocky
  • Bloom Time: July-August
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This Willamette Valley native usually makes its home in rocky to gravelly areas, such as cliffs and hillsides. It is found at low to fairly high elevations, from Alaska and northwestern British Columbia south to northern California and from the Pacific Coast east into the Cascades. It is occasionally found east of the Cascades as well.

We recommend planting Oregon stonecrop in meadowscapes and woodland gardens. It is a favorite of those who love gardening amidst stones as well. Additionally, this plant is great for attracting pollinators. This species is an easy to care for groundcover for gravelly or rocky gardens. 

*1st photo by SevenOaks Nursery*

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