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Rock Stonecrop

Sedum forsterianum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Cliffs, gardens, hedgerows, rocky places, walls, wasteland.

Yellow, 7 petals
7 yellow petalled-flowers forming dome-shaped clusters.
Erect, brown, many-seeded fruit.
Succulent, greyish-green leaves, flattened above and sharp-tipped. The leaves alternate along the stems.
Other Names:
Forster's Stonecrop.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Sedum forsterianum, also known as "Forster's stonecrop," is a perennial succulent plant native to the Himalayas and China. It has small, round, green leaves and produces clusters of small, star-shaped pink or white flowers in late summer to early fall. This plant is drought-tolerant and can be grown in rock gardens, as a ground cover, or in containers. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Sedum forsterianum is hardy in USDA zones 5-9. It is a creeping plant that can grow to around 30 cm in height. It's a great option for rock gardens, wall crevices, and green roofs.


If you're looking for a low-maintenance plant to add some interest to your garden or landscaping, Rock Stonecrop (Sedum forsterianum) might just be the perfect choice. This hardy succulent is native to Europe and is well-suited to rocky, dry conditions, making it ideal for rock gardens, containers, or other areas with poor soil and limited water.


Rock Stonecrop is a low-growing, mat-forming plant that reaches a height of only 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) and spreads up to 12 inches (30 cm) wide. Its small, fleshy leaves are arranged in rosettes and are gray-green in color, sometimes with a tinge of purple. In late spring or early summer, the plant produces clusters of star-shaped, yellow flowers that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.


Rock Stonecrop is an easy plant to care for, as it prefers well-drained soil and doesn't require much watering. It can tolerate full sun to partial shade and is hardy in USDA zones 5-8. In the summer, the plant can be propagated by stem cuttings or by dividing the clumps, making it a great choice for gardeners who want to expand their collection.


Rock Stonecrop is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of settings. It works well in rock gardens, where its low-growing habit can help cover rocky outcroppings or other bare areas. It can also be used as a ground cover or in containers, where its small size and interesting foliage can provide texture and color. Because it is drought-tolerant, it is also an excellent choice for xeriscaping, or landscaping with plants that require minimal water.

In addition to its ornamental value, Rock Stonecrop has also been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including wounds and digestive issues. While it's always important to consult a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies, this historical use is a testament to the plant's hardiness and resilience.

Rock Stonecrop is an attractive and easy-to-grow plant that can add interest and texture to a variety of garden settings. Its low-maintenance requirements make it an excellent choice for busy gardeners or those looking to xeriscape their outdoor space. With its hardy nature and interesting foliage, it's a plant that is sure to catch the eye of both humans and pollinators alike.

Some Facts about Rock Stonecrop

Here are a few additional things to know about Rock Stonecrop:

  1. It's part of the Sedum family: Rock Stonecrop is a member of the large and diverse Sedum family, which includes over 400 different species. Many of these plants are also succulent and drought-tolerant, making them popular choices for rock gardens and other xeriscapes.

  2. It's an attractive plant year-round: While Rock Stonecrop's yellow flowers are a highlight of the summer, the plant also has attractive foliage throughout the year. Its gray-green leaves can take on a reddish hue in the cooler months, making it an interesting addition to fall and winter gardens.

  3. It's great for erosion control: Because Rock Stonecrop forms a low, spreading mat, it can be used to help prevent soil erosion on slopes or other areas where the ground may be unstable. Its roots help hold the soil in place, and its drought-tolerant nature means that it can thrive even in areas with limited water.

  4. It's an excellent choice for green roofs: Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular as a way to add green space to urban areas and improve air quality. Rock Stonecrop is a great choice for green roofs because of its small size and drought tolerance, making it well-suited to the harsh growing conditions found on rooftops.

  5. It can be used in rockeries or alpine gardens: Rock gardens and alpine gardens are designed to mimic the rocky, mountainous environments where many plants naturally grow. Rock Stonecrop is a perfect fit for these settings, as its small size and ability to thrive in dry, rocky conditions make it well-suited to these types of gardens.

In summary, Rock Stonecrop is an attractive and versatile plant that is well-suited to a variety of garden settings. Its low-maintenance requirements, drought tolerance, and hardy nature make it an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a plant that can thrive in tough conditions.

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