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Sedum ternatum

Woodland Stonecrop

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Creeping stems, succulent leaves and dainty, five-petaled, star-like white flowers define this endearing native perennial.

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Creeping stems, succulent leaves and dainty, five-petaled star-like white flowers define this endearing native perennial. Woodland Stonecrop is a low maintenance perennial groundcover that grows in dry to moist soil, in full sun or partial shade. In the wild it is often found growing in moist woods or along stream banks. Small, green succulent leaves grow in whorls of three, giving rise to its other common names, Three-leaved Stonecrop and Whorled Stonecrop. Creeping stems root at the nodes, encouraging small colonies, and can spread to form a mat. Clusters of tiny, white star-shaped flowers are hoisted on erect stems that shoot-up above the leaves in spring, April-May. Flowers attract small insects searching for nectar. Plant this delightful groundcover around trees, near garden edges, or on rocky ledges. This sedum tolerates partial shade and moist soil better than most other sedums.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Three-leaved Stonecrop

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial, Groundcover

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Spring, Late Spring to Early Summer

Bloom Colors: White

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: Ridge & Valley - RV, Piedmont - P, Highland - H

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: PS

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 0.25 - 0.75 ft

Spread: 0.50 - 1 ft

Growth Rate: Slow-medium