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Sedum spathulifolium
broadleaf stonecrop, spatula-leaf stonecrop

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; southern British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Coastal cliffs, ledges, balds, and gravelly soil in the foothills.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Glabrous, glaucous perennial from numerous, stout rhizomes, with numerous sterile shoots and tight, basal rosettes, the flowering stems stout, erect to ascending, 8-20 cm. tall.


Leaves alternate, spatulate-oblanceolate to spatulate-obovate, tapered to the base, strongly flattened but very succulent, 10-20 mm. long and 4-10 mm. broad, strongly overlapping.


Inflorescence of leafy-bracteate, paniculate cymes; pedicles very short; calyx lobes 5, oblong-lanceolate, 2.5-3.5 mm. long, rounded or obtuse; petals 5, distinct, somewhat recurved, 7-10 mm. long, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, acute; stamens 10, slightly shorter than the petals, 5 attached to the base of the petals.


Follicles 5, erect until nearly mature, then divergent above the united basal portion.

Accepted Name:
Sedum spathulifolium Hook.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 227. 1832.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Sedum pruinosum Britton
Sedum spathulifolium Hook. ssp. pruinosum (Britton) R.T. Clausen & C.H. Uhl
Sedum spathulifolium Hook. ssp. spathulifolium [KZ99]
Sedum spathulifolium Hook. var. pruinosum (Britton) B. Boivin [FNA8]
Sedum spathulifolium Hook. var. spathulifolium [FNA8]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sedum spathulifolium in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Sedum spathulifolium checklist entry

OregonFlora: Sedum spathulifolium information

E-Flora BC: Sedum spathulifolium atlas page

CalPhotos: Sedum spathulifolium photos

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