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Sedum ternatum

Native Plants

Three-Leaf Stonecrop

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Summary

Three-leaf stonecrop (Sedum ternatum), with its succulent leaves and attractive white spring flowers, is a drought resistant, easy-care perennial deserving wider use in gardens. The creeping, succulent evergreen foliage grows 3-6” tall and is rarely bothered by insects or disease. Sprays of white star-shaped flowers on curving one-sided inflorescences are held above the foliage during spring. Three-leaf stonecrop typically grows in shady, well-drained, moist locations such as stream banks or on damp rocks but will take more sun if moisture is available. Three-leaf stonecrop integrates nicely in the woodland garden with Quaker ladies (Houstonia caerulea), wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), shooting-star (Primula meadia), dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata), fire pink (Silene virginica), and green-and-gold (Chrysogonum virginianum). Zones 4-8. 


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    partial-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-to-mid-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown