Broadleaf Stonecrop Sedum spathulifolium

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop
spoon-leaved stonecrop


Sedum spathulifolium, commonly known as broadleaf stonecrop, is a perennial succulent that is notable for its fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. The plant forms a low-growing mat or clump. Its leaves are typically a powdery blue-grey or sometimes purplish in color, with the powdery aspect coming from a waxy coating that helps the plant retain moisture. Over time, these leaves can form dense rosettes. During its blooming period, broadleaf stonecrop bears bright yellow flowers. These small, star-shaped blossoms grow in clusters atop tall, erect stalks that rise from the foliage. The contrast between the greyish-blue leaves and the vivid yellow flowers is quite striking and adds to the ornamental appeal of the plant. In its natural habitat, broadleaf stonecrop is often found growing on rocky substrates, showcasing its ability to thrive in well-draining, gravelly soils. Its rugged appearance and the ability to withstand drought make it a popular choice for rock gardens, green roofs, and as ground cover in dry, challenging landscapes.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Broadleaf Stonecrop, Pacific Stonecrop, Colorado Stonecrop, Spatula-Leaved Stonecrop, Cape Blanco Stonecrop, Spoon-Leaved Stonecrop

    • Common names

      Sedum spathulifolium var. nesioticum, Sedum spathulifolium var. pruinosum, Sedum stenopetalum, Gormania spathulifolia, Sedum pilosum, Sedum pruinosum, Sedum purdyi.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Sedum spathulifolium, commonly known as broadleaf stonecrop, is generally considered non-toxic to humans. However, sensitivity to the plant can vary, and some individuals may experience mild gastrointestinal upset if parts of the plant are ingested in large quantities. It is always advisable to avoid ingesting plants that are not meant for human consumption to prevent any potential adverse effects.

    • To pets

      Broadleaf stonecrop is not known to be toxic to pets. Nevertheless, as with any non-food plant, ingestion, particularly in large amounts, may lead to gastrointestinal discomfort, including vomiting or diarrhea, due to the irritation it may cause in the digestive system of some animals. It is a good practice to keep an eye on pets and prevent them from eating ornamental plants to avoid possible complications.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0.25 feet (8 inches) [20 cm]

    • Spread

      0.75 feet (9 inches) [23 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Drought Tolerance: Sedum spathulifolium, commonly known as broadleaf stonecrop, is highly drought-tolerant, making it suitable for xeriscaping and water-efficient gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: It requires minimal care once established, with no need for regular watering or fertilizing, making it a hassle-free addition to any garden.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The plant produces yellow flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Ground Cover: Its mat-forming growth habit makes it an excellent ground cover, reducing weed growth and soil erosion.
    • Cold Hardy: Sedum spathulifolium is capable of withstanding cold temperatures, making it a resilient choice for many climates.
    • Decorative Appeal: Its rosettes of spoon-shaped, silvery foliage and bright yellow flowers add visual interest to rock gardens, containers, and borders.
    • Easy Propagation: It can be easily propagated from leaves or cuttings, allowing gardeners to expand their plantings or share with friends.
    • Tolerance of Poor Soils: The plant thrives in poor, rocky, or sandy soils where other plants might struggle.
    • Rapid Growth: It grows quickly to fill in spaces, providing a lush look to garden spaces in a short amount of time.
    • Versatility: Sedum spathulifolium can be used in a variety of garden designs, from formal to rustic, and in planting beds or as a container specimen.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Sedum spathulifolium, commonly known as broadleaf stonecrop, can be used in jewelry making, where its succulent leaves are preserved and incorporated into necklaces or earrings for a unique botanical accessory.
    • Broadleaf stonecrop acts as a living mulch in gardens, suppressing weeds and retaining soil moisture due to its dense, mat-forming characteristics.
    • The plant is often included in green roof installations, where it provides excellent ground cover and helps to regulate temperature by offering insulation.
    • Sedum spathulifolium is used as a model organism in botanical and ecological studies because of its unique adaptation to rocky, nutrient-poor environments.
    • Photographers and artists utilize the unique textures and forms of broadleaf stonecrop as subjects in their work to capture the beauty of succulent plants in different settings.
    • It serves as an education tool for discussing drought-resistant landscaping and xeriscaping principles in gardening workshops and courses.
    • Crafters employ broadleaf stonecrop in creating living wreaths or as adornments on other nature-inspired craft projects.
    • This plant has been used in culinary presentations as a non-toxic garnish to add greenery and visual interest to dishes, although it is not edible.
    • Given its ability to thrive in rocky substrates, broadleaf stonecrop is used in soil erosion control projects on slopes and banks.
    • It is utilized for habitat restoration efforts, particularly in areas where native flora need to be re-established to support local wildlife and ecological balance.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Cape Blanco is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Cape Blanco is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Sedum spathulifolium, commonly known as Broadleaf Stonecrop, exemplifies resilience by thriving in rocky and challenging environments. It symbolizes the ability to persevere through tough conditions.
    • Adaptability: The Broadleaf Stonecrop can adapt to various soil types and weather conditions, making it a symbol of versatility and the capacity to thrive in diverse situations.
    • Survival: With its succulent leaves that store water, the Broadleaf Stonecrop signifies survival and the capability to withstand periods of scarcity or drought.

Every 2-3 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Cape Blanco or Sedum spathulifolium should be watered sparingly, as it is a drought-tolerant plant that is susceptible to overwatering. During the growing season, spring through fall, it's best to water it once every 1 to 2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. In winter, reduce watering to once a month or less. When you do water, provide enough to soak the soil to a depth of at least an inch, which might be approximately 16 ounces for a small pot.

  • sunLight

    Cape Blanco prefers full sun to partial shade conditions to thrive. It does best in a location where it can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day, avoiding the intense heat of the afternoon sun which may scorch its leaves.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Cape Blanco, being a hardy plant, can tolerate a range of temperatures and is cold hardy down to 20°F but may suffer if temperatures drop below this point. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 60°F and 70°F. It can withstand high temperatures as well, as long as the area is not too humid and the plant is well-watered.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Cape Blanco is generally done to maintain its shape or to remove any dead or damaged leaves. Prune the plant in the spring to encourage new growth. It doesn't require frequent pruning; once a year is typically sufficient. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut off any unwanted parts of the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Cape Blanco, or Sedum spathulifolium, is one that is well-draining and gritty. A mixture of potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite or pumice can provide the ideal conditions. The pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Cape Blanco, also known as Sedum spathulifolium, generally requires repotting every 2-3 years. It's best to repot in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cape Blanco, the common name for Sedum spathulifolium, thrives in low to moderate humidity levels typical of most homes. It does not require high humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Cape Blanco in a sunny spot.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Cape Blanco in full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of Sedum spathulifolium, commonly known as Broadleaf Stonecrop, begins with seed germination when the tiny, dust-like seeds experience moist and warm conditions in spring or summer. As the seedlings emerge, they start to develop fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves in a rosette pattern, indicative of juvenile vegetative growth. Over time, the Broadleaf Stonecrop enters its mature vegetative state, forming tight clusters of rosettes with a creeping habit, spreading over rocks and soil. Sexual reproduction occurs in late spring or early summer when mature plants produce yellow, star-shaped flowers on upright stalks to attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into capsule-like fruits that release seeds, ensuring the continuation of the species. As a perennial, the plant enters dormancy during the cold season, with leaves often dying back, and then resumes growth with the return of favorable conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for Sedum spathulifolium, commonly known as broadleaf stonecrop, is through leaf cuttings. This process is ideally done in the spring or early summer when the plant's growth is most active. To propagate by leaf cuttings, gently twist a leaf from the stem, making sure to get a clean pull with some of the stem tissue attached. Let the leaf callous over for a day or two to prevent rotting. Then, place the leaf on top of a well-draining soil mix, barely covering the base with soil. Keep the soil slightly moist but not wet, and in a few weeks, the leaf should start to develop roots and eventually new growth. This straightforward approach utilizes the plant's natural tendency for vegetative reproduction and allows for multiple new plants to be grown from a single specimen.