Sedum, Broadleaf Stonecrop, Pacific Stonecrop 'Cape Blanco'

Sedum spathulifolium

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sedum (SEE-dum) (Info)
Species: spathulifolium (spath-yoo-lif-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Cape Blanco




Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



under 6 in. (15 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Castro Valley, California

Clayton, California

Knights Landing, California

Los Angeles, California

Ridgecrest, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Sonoma, California

Stockton, California

Plainsboro, New Jersey

Cleveland, Ohio

Haviland, Ohio

Warren, Ohio

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

New Holland, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Crossville, Tennessee

Ogden, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Sequim, Washington

White Center, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 21, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating neutral b/c, as sedums go, this one is too delicate for me. It is a beautiful and showy specimen but too much sun, or too much water will kill it fast. Might be better grown as an indoor plant.


On Oct 21, 2009, candyaj1567 from Swansea, SC wrote:

Can someone that has ACTUALLY grown this plant please help me, I have been reading conflicting information about the sun exposure and hardiness of this plant as well as other Sedum spathulifolium's.

I live in South Carolina, Zone 8a, it is mild in the winter and hot and very humid in the summers.

Can someone please tell me
1. Sun exposure, full sun or shade?
2. is this an evergreen?
3. is the sun exposure and the hardiness the same for all spathulifoliums?

Thanks very much for your help. [email protected]



On Aug 31, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

wonderful color, but a very brittle little plant. But you can root the pieces just by sticking them in the ground. A nice looking planting is with a dark colored Sempervivum. The contrast is great.


On Apr 27, 2005, DougC from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Just purchased this S. spathulifolium few weeks ago, one of the more interesting and beautiful sedums. Have it planted in wide mouth pot, to allow plenty of room to spread out. Has a sort of silver-gray white hue, and have it located in full sun. Summer bloomer with yellow flowers.


On Apr 15, 2005, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Beautiful gray-white color on this slow grower, colors up in the winter months with red-dark green hues on the older leaves, but returns to white coloration come spring.

Should be put in a protected place......away from any foot traffic or where you might want to cultivate the soil around it. It is fairly brittle, but the broken pieces will root easily.