Phedimus Species, Kamschatca Stonecrop, Russian Stonecrop

Phedimus kamtschaticus

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phedimus
Species: kamtschaticus (kam-SHAY-ti-kus) (Info)
Synonym:Sedum kamtschaticum
Synonym:Sedum takesimense




Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Medium Green


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 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)

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:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Mobile, Alabama

Juneau, Alaska

Seward, Alaska

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Hesperia, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Orlando, Florida

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Atalissa, Iowa

Delhi, Iowa

Baldwin City, Kansas

Westbrook, Maine

West Friendship, Maryland

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Hibbing, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota(2 reports)

Blue Springs, Missouri

Brunswick, Missouri

Camdenton, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Oxford, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Cleveland, Ohio

Clyde, Ohio


Portland, Oregon

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Leesburg, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Beverly, West Virginia

Columbus, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Thiensville, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 9, 2015, ellenfoster from Hinesburg, VT wrote:

This is a great ground cover sedum- very dense and the leaves are as nice as the flowers. It blooms before other ground cover sedums, so it makes for a nice succession in the garden. My only negative is that is could be invasive in places where it is particularly happy. I've had it outgrow other sedums of the sparsely leaved varieties. It is growing in some of the crappest soil I have.


On Jun 23, 2015, Grinder12000 from Columbus, WI wrote:

This is a wonderful sedum that takes zero work to grow and care for - bang for buck outstanding. Want more? take a clipping and stick it in the ground! BINGO. Beautiful yellow flowers in June (zone 4ish). Could use a little clean up in fall but not necessary.

Plant it and forget it. I'm planting a water tower rock wall with it as it does so well in full sunlight and no rain - HOWEVER - it does like water for a couple weeks right after planting.


On May 24, 2012, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I purchased this plant last year because I loved the way it crowded its pot while some of the other sedum on the nursery shelf seemed a little too whimpy. I put half of the plant in a spot that receives about five hours of sun and the other half in a shallow, twelve inch pot in full sun. I worried that neither would make it through the drought, but both did so well that I have pulled a bit of a start from the potted plant to restart in a pot and planted the rest in a very well-drained hot bed in full sun. I love the growth habit of this plant but have yet to see those lovely yellow blooms. Maybe this year?


On Feb 24, 2011, Cville_Gardener from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite sedums. Not a low-growing creeper and not tall either, it is a medium height that works nicely growing between the short and tall sedums or in containers. Takesimense forms thick, mounding clumps of toothed green leaves and produces lovely golden yellow blooms all summer and Fall. It has been extremely easy to root and establish here and very hardy. To me, it's a real winner.


On Feb 13, 2010, temafilly from Oconomowoc, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I recieved this as a free-bie, left it by the air conditioner potted in a converted milk jug over the winter and finally planted it in the shallow well of a flagpole planter (about 3" deep, in awful soil). More abuse one really couldn't have piled on it, and not only did it survive, but thrived. Highly recommended for the most inhospitable spots where nothing else grows, as long as it gets enough sun. In fall, the reddened leaf is striking combined with the brown seed heads and splashes of the original chartruse color where not yet frost bitten.


On May 27, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I rate this species at part shade too - it will grows happily along with Dragon Blood Sedum in regular garden soil in the eastern part of the United States. Will shrug off droughts and heavy rains that drench the soil along with large amounts of snow that sit over a long period of time. Will also shrug off crown rot brought by fallen leaves during dormancy that will kill some of the other sedums. I would agree that seedlings is rare and also once in a while it will root from cut plant stems but usually stays in clumps so it won't make good groundcover for large areas - it's best for small areas if planted in poor soils or stressed environment.

Note: Seem to prefer sandy soil - except on slopes and dry spots like under the roof overhangs clay soils may give it troubles but I... read more


On Nov 17, 2007, kd2000 from toronto,
Canada wrote:

This plant does very well in my zone 4/5 Canadian garden, it is certainly not a weed, but can be direct sown with relative ease. It provides early spring light green colour in the rock garden, followed by nice bright yellow flowers and keeps its light green foliage well into October before turning a light red in late fall. It is hardy, looks great and low maintenance.


On Jun 13, 2006, lincolnitess from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

The saw-tooth leaves of this plant form themselves into neat little rosettes. On June 13 of it's second year in my garden, flower buds are just starting to form and it stands about 10" tall. Very attractive overall.


On Feb 1, 2006, sedum37 from Westford, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite sedums! For growing habit, it forms a nice, rounded mound in the rock garden having a nice neat appearance. It will stay content each year if you do not wish to divide it. If you would like to increase your plants, just divide in half. In short order the mound on the mother plant will fill in and your new division will look beautiful.


On Mar 15, 2005, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This sedum helps to fill the gaps between steppingstones and plants. It also grows on the roof of my garden shed. It needs little soil to grow an can stand the dry, hot and sunny conditions there making a nice tapestry at the same time.


On Jul 9, 2004, lincolnitess from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

I use this sedum to edge some of my flower beds and like it because it greens up and starts growing very early in the spring and gives me something green to look at before much else is growing. I do have to go around once a year and dig back any that is spreading too far into my beds, but it is swallow rooted so this is easy to do. I never water it and it does great planned right next to the sidewalk and street.


On Aug 9, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the groundcover to cover that trouble-spot. Mine grows over a downspout and completely covers it up by June. I never water it. Weeds barely sprout in it. All I do is cut back the dead plants before spring growth starts. The yellow flowers cover it in mid summer. I does self seed a very little bit. Its vegetative spread is easily contained. It's happy with only morning sun along a NE wall.