A cute succulent that does well on thin dry soils and drystone walls!
Common name : Biting Stonecrop
Scientific name : Sedum acre
Family : Crassulaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Sedum acre - Biting stonecrop, goldmoss stonecrop, goldmoss sedum, or wallpepper, is a perennial flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae. It is native to Europe, but also naturalized in North America, Japan and New Zealand.
It is a tufted perennial herb that forms mat-like stands some 5 to 12 cm (2 to 5 in) tall. Much of the year the stems are short, semi prostrate and densely clad in leaves. At the flowering time in June and July, the stems lengthen and are erect, somewhat limp and often pinkish-brown with the leaves further apart. The leaves are alternate, fleshy and shortly cylindrical with a rounded tip.
Sowing & planting
4 - 8
7 - 8
Identify my biting stonecrop
The leaves of the orpines are fleshy, cylindrical or flattened, and the flowers grouped into corymbs, panicles or cymes are often yellow, sometimes pink, with five petals star shaped.
Plant my biting stonecrop
In open soil, plant in a drained soil, moderately sandy, neutral to slightly alkaline, in full sun, even in the shade for robust species. In pots, mix garden soil with gravel and sand, and some ripe compost.
Weed my biting stonecrop
In perennial species, weeding also means working your flowerbed – don't let anything develop too quickly to the detriment of others.
Water my biting stonecrop
Water during the summer season once a week if the weather is dry. Remember to keep the leaves dry ! If your plant is in a pot, water once a week in the first month - then every 10-12 days in the winter.
Fertilize my biting stonecrop
With a respectful approach to soil life, it's always better to fertilize a little in advance with organic material that will decompose; spread out a compost that isn't entirely decomposed, with well decomposed manure at the plant's base, and incorporate over 10 cm with a hoe. This operation is carried out in winter so that earthworms and bacteria have enough time to do their job.
Mulch my biting stonecrop
Mulch the large sedums, this will prevent some watering and weeding in summer. For small orpines, use a mineral mulch instead.
Cut down my biting stonecrop
After flowering, trim the crawling orpins so that they remain compact.