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Pink Stonecrop

Sedum villosum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop)
Life Cycle:
Biennial or Perennial
Maximum Size:
10 centimetres tall
Cliffs, gardens, mountains, riversides, rocky places, waterside, wetland.

Pink, 5 petals
The star-shaped flowers appear in clusters and measure from 5 to 8mm in diameter.
The fruit is a many-seeded follicle.
A downy biennial or perennial plant with short, alternate, succulent leaves, reddish in colour. The small, plump leaves are usually hairy but can sometimes be hairless.
Other Names:
Hairy Stonecrop, Purple Stonecrop.
Frequency (UK):

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Sedum villosum, also known as hairy stonecrop, is a species of flowering succulent plant in the genus Sedum. It is native to China and commonly found growing on rocky outcroppings or in crevices of limestone cliffs. The plant has fleshy, hairy leaves and produces small, yellow flowers in the summer. It can be grown in rock gardens or as a ground cover in well-drained soils and is tolerant of dry conditions. It is hardy in USDA zones 4-9.


Pink Stonecrop, also known as Sedum villosum, is a delightful succulent plant that is native to the high altitude regions of Asia. This low-growing plant is highly valued for its attractive pink flowers and its ability to thrive in harsh growing conditions. In this blog, we will explore the features of the Pink Stonecrop plant, how to care for it, and its various uses.

Features of Pink Stonecrop

The Pink Stonecrop plant has small, fleshy, green leaves that grow in tight clusters on trailing stems. The leaves are hairy and have a velvety texture, giving the plant its name "villosum", which means hairy in Latin. Pink Stonecrop blooms from late spring to early summer and produces clusters of star-shaped flowers in shades of pink, red, or white. The flowers are attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Caring for Pink Stonecrop

Pink Stonecrop is an easy-to-care-for plant that thrives in sunny and dry conditions. It can grow in a range of soil types but prefers well-draining soil. The plant is drought-tolerant and can withstand extended periods of dryness, making it an ideal plant for rock gardens and other low-water landscaping projects. To encourage optimal growth, it is essential to provide the plant with enough sunlight, good drainage, and avoid overwatering it.

Uses of Pink Stonecrop

Pink Stonecrop has numerous uses in gardening and landscaping projects. Its low growing habit and attractive pink flowers make it a popular choice for rock gardens, borders, and ground covers. The plant's ability to tolerate harsh growing conditions makes it an excellent choice for xeriscaping projects. It can also be used in container gardens or as a hanging basket plant.

Beyond its ornamental uses, Pink Stonecrop also has medicinal properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, the plant is used to treat digestive disorders, inflammation, and as a diuretic. The plant's sap is also used in the treatment of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Pink Stonecrop is a delightful and versatile plant that is a great addition to any garden. Its low-growing habit, attractive pink flowers, and ability to tolerate harsh growing conditions make it an ideal plant for landscaping projects. Additionally, its medicinal properties make it a useful plant for traditional medicine. So, if you're looking for a low-maintenance plant that can add some beauty to your garden, Pink Stonecrop is an excellent choice.

Pink Stonecrop, like most succulent plants, is an excellent plant for beginner gardeners and experienced gardeners alike. It is easy to grow and care for, and it is a great way to add some unique colors and textures to your garden.

One of the great things about Pink Stonecrop is its ability to propagate quickly and easily. It can be propagated by stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Stem cuttings should be taken in the spring or summer, and leaf cuttings can be taken any time of the year. Once the cuttings have been taken, they can be placed in a well-draining potting mix and kept in bright, indirect light. After a few weeks, roots will start to form, and new growth will appear.

Another interesting aspect of Pink Stonecrop is its ability to change color depending on its growing conditions. In full sun, the plant's leaves may take on a reddish or purple hue, while in partial shade, they may be a more muted green color. This makes Pink Stonecrop an exciting plant to experiment with and see how different growing conditions can affect its appearance.

In terms of pests and diseases, Pink Stonecrop is relatively hardy and resistant to most common garden pests. However, it may be susceptible to mealybugs, spider mites, or aphids. If you notice any signs of pest infestation, it's important to act quickly and treat the plant with a natural pest control method or insecticide.

Pink Stonecrop is an attractive and versatile plant that is easy to care for and has numerous uses in gardening and traditional medicine. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener, Pink Stonecrop is a great addition to any garden and is sure to provide you with years of enjoyment.

In addition to its ornamental and medicinal uses, Pink Stonecrop also has ecological value. As a succulent, it is a drought-tolerant plant that can help conserve water in arid landscapes. Its flowers are also an important source of nectar for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, making it a valuable plant for supporting biodiversity.

Pink Stonecrop is also a great plant for green roofs, where its shallow roots can help stabilize the soil and reduce runoff. Its ability to thrive in harsh growing conditions and withstand extended periods of dryness makes it an excellent plant for green roofs in regions with hot summers and little rainfall.

Pink Stonecrop can also be used in various crafts and DIY projects, including wreaths, centerpieces, and terrariums. Its delicate pink flowers and velvety green leaves make it an excellent addition to floral arrangements, and its trailing stems can add texture and interest to DIY terrariums or hanging planters.

Pink Stonecrop is also a great plant for beginners who are interested in learning more about succulents and their care. With its easy-to-grow nature and its ability to thrive in harsh growing conditions, it's an excellent plant for those who are new to gardening or don't have a lot of time to devote to plant care.

One of the best things about Pink Stonecrop is that it is widely available and can be found at most nurseries or garden centers. It's also relatively inexpensive, making it an excellent choice for those who want to add some color and interest to their garden without breaking the bank.

In conclusion, Pink Stonecrop is a versatile and valuable plant that has numerous uses in gardening, landscaping, traditional medicine, and crafts. Its ability to thrive in harsh growing conditions and its ecological value make it an excellent choice for those who are interested in sustainable gardening practices. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener, Pink Stonecrop is a plant that you won't regret adding to your garden.

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