Sedum hirsutum (Hairy Stonecrop)

Sedum hirsutum (Hairy Stonecrop)

Scientific Name

Sedum hirsutum All.

Common Names

Hairy Stonecrop


Sedum hirsutum subsp. hirsutum, Oreosedum hirsutum, Rosularia hirsuta

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sedum


Sedum hirsutum is a succulent plant with dense, low clusters of Rosularia-like rosettes on upright, up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall stems. Leaves are light green and pubescent, elliptic, flattened above, and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long. Flowers are 5-, rarely 6-petaled, up to 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) long, white, and with somewhat united petals in a pubescent, few-flowered inflorescence.


USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedums, keep in mind that these plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is usually enough to get the plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to ensure further that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant.

You can break off one of the stems for taller varieties and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily, and a new plant will be established in a season or two.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


Sedum hirsutum is native to south-western Europe and northwestern Africa.


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Stonecrop Sedum Features: An Overview

  • The family of Stonecrop perennials is large and it includes tall spiked-flowering succulents, low-growing ones, and even trailing ones.
  • All stonecrop Sedums are rosette-shaped and produce flowers that rise above the base foliage.
  • The leaves of stonecrop Sedums are semi-glossy and thick, their stems are clothes in fleshy leaves, and in summer or autumn, they are topped with clusters of tiny flowers.
  • There are two main types of Stonecrop Sedums: upright sedums and low-growing sedums. Upright sedums grow taller and can reach up to 1-3 feet in height depending on the variety and environment. Low-growing sedums are tiny, spread quickly, and form ground mats. They have colorful fleshy leaves (copper, blue, yellow, marron, etc.).
  • The flowers of stonecrop succulents are pastel-colored, sweet, and rich in nectar with attracts butterflies, bees, moths, and other pollinator insects.
  • Sedums make great ornamental plants because their flowers remain on the plants for extended periods, sometimes even during winter.
  • They can be grown both indoors and outdoors, in containers, as groundcovers, on roof gardens and wall gardens, and they can be used in flower arrangements.

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Data specific to Sedums (Edit)
Category: Succulents

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height : 2-3 inches
Flower Color: White
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Sedum hirsutum (Hairy Stonecrop) – Succulent plants

Sedum hirsutum (Hairy Stonecrop) is an ornamental, perennial succulent plant with dense low clusters of Rosularia-like rosettes on erect stems up to 5 cm (2 inches) long. The leaves are up to 1 cm long, elliptic, flattened above, pubescent and light green. Flowers are five, rarely 6-petalled, up to 7 mm long, white with somewhat united petals in a pubescent, few-flowered inflorescence.

Scientific Classification:

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sedum

Scientific Name: Sedum hirsutum All.
Synonyms: Sedum hirsutum subsp. hirsutum, Oreosedum hirsutum, Rosularia hirsuta
Common Name: Hairy Stonecrop

How to grow and maintain Sedum hirsutum (Hairy Stonecrop):

It requires full sun to light shade. Two to four hours of afternoon sunlight is best for the plant. South-facing windows are ideal or west, north-facing will not encourage growth.

It grows best in Well-draining soil. Use 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts coarse sand, 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or crushed charcoal.

It Prefers ideal temperature between 65°F – 75°F / 18°C – 25°C during summer. Temperature no lower than 50 °F – 55°F / 10°F – 12.7°C is best. It does best in hotter conditions. Try not to keep the plant outside in freezing temperatures.

Sedum plant needs more water in the spring and summer, but you can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter season, reduce watering.

Fertilize once a month with a diluted liquid fertilizer or use a slow-releasing nitrogen-based fertilizer, during the spring and summer season.

It can be easily propagated by stem and leaf cuttings. you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily. Or Cut off leaves from the stem, let them dry, and then place the cutting into the soil. Keep the potting soil moist until the cutting begins to grow.

Re-pot your plant every year or every two years. As the plant grows, you should move it to a wider pot so the new stems and roots have enough room to develop. Repotting is best done during spring.

Pests and Diseases:
Sedum plant has is no serious pests or diseases issues. Watch for aphids and flies. You can dispose of them by spraying insecticidal soap or neem oil over the foliage.

Watch the video: Propagating Sedum Plants