Sedum spathulifolium

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Sedum spathulifolium
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Sedum
Species: S. spathulifolium
Binomial name
Sedum spathulifolium
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Sedum spathulifolium is a species of flowering plant in the stonecrop family known by the common names broadleaf stonecrop[1] and Colorado stonecrop.[2] It is native to western North America from British Columbia to southern California, where it can be found in many types of rocky habitat in coastal and inland hills and mountains.

Description[edit]

It is quite variable and usually divided into at least two subtaxa; in general, it is a succulent plant producing mats of basal rosettes from a system of rhizomes. The basal leaves are 1 or 2 centimeters long, they are sometimes coated in a waxy, powdery looking exudate. The inflorescence is a short, erect array of many small flowers with yellow petals.

The specific epithet spathulifolium refers to the spade-shaped leaves.[3]

Cultivation[edit]

This plant is useful as ornamental groundcover, and tolerates light shade.[4] Numerous cultivars have been selected for garden use, of which 'Cape Blanco' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sedum spathulifolium". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  4. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sedum spathulifolium". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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