Woodland Stonecrop

Sedum ternatum

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sedum (SEE-dum) (Info)
Species: ternatum (ter-NAY-tum) (Info)


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade




Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:



under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Atlanta, Georgia

Decatur, Georgia

Evanston, Illinois

Rock Falls, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Rossville, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Iowa City, Iowa

Oakland, Maryland

Lenox, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Robert, Missouri

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Glouster, Ohio

Guysville, Ohio

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Greenbrier, Tennessee

Plano, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Penhook, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 26, 2016, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

A gift from a friend, this low growing shade loving Sedum was installed at the base of a Dogwood Tree. It has been repeatedly trampled by my dog who chases squirrels up that tree, then jumps around at the base of the trunk. The Sedum keeps coming back and blooming, despite getting broken and jumped on. It has an attractive leaf arrangement and resprouts from small pieces. Long-lived, over 10 years in that spot.


On Jun 17, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

The succulent light-green leaves of Wild Stonecrop are covered with star-like white flowers in late spring and early summer. Less than a foot tall, it creeps rapidly to form a splendid groundcover in damp, rocky soils in light to medium shade. Sedum ternatum is native to the eastern and east-central U.S.


On Jun 9, 2011, francesseth from Evanston, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought this plant at a garden fair last year. Even though I have never had much luck with any sedum, I thought I'd try this one. This spring, to my great surprise, I found it very much alive in a half barrel planter. The light green foliage is a light green which contrasts very well with the dark-leaved grass which had been in the planter. I have transplanted some of this sedum to a spot in the ground and will have to see how vigorous it is.
Frances Seth


On Apr 2, 2009, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Found this growing in the sandy soil along a creek. Pretty care free except can't take the full sun. It dies out in those areas and seeks out the shadier area under other plants.


On May 30, 2008, JuneyBug from Dover AFB, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows well with benign neglect/watering in hottest windiest weather only.
First flowers of spring!


On Jul 12, 2007, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Host plant for the Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) & Buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterfly caterpillars


On May 29, 2007, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Cute little groundcover. Thriving in clay soil under the fairly dense shade of a crabapple tree. Doesn't spread as rampantly as some other sedums.