How to Identify Trailing Sedums


Trailing sedum (Sedum kamtschaticum) is a low-growing, semi-evergreen, succulent ground cover sedum, as opposed to the upright, shrub form of the species. Ground cover sedum flowers in spring and summer and produces red fruit in fall and winter. It is ideal for planting in rockeries, as a cascade plant over the edge of walls or hillsides, in dry wash areas and in succulent gardens.

Step 1

Look for ground cover sedums growing in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9 on rocky, dry or nutritionally poor soils in a full sun exposure.

Step 2

Identify trailing sedum by its deep green, spoon-shaped leaves in spring and summer and a bronze to golden cast in fall and winter. The plants will form small colonies or mounds that do not exceed 3 to 4 inches in height. The narrow green leaves are snug with one another on the trialing stems and have a medium to fine succulent texture and a slight sheen.

Step 3

Check to see if the plant has compact, slightly limp or flexible trailing plant tips that are slightly tapered and covered in a dense coat of leaves. The tips of trailing sedum will point up towards the sun at their terminus.

Step 4

Pick out trailing sedum by the small, yellow to orange, vaguely star-shaped flowers arranged in clusters that appear on the plant in spring. Identify the seed fruit of trailing sedum by its deep red hue and persistence on the plant in fall and winter.


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