How To Grow Broadleaf Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium) In Your Garden

Sedum spathulifolium, also known as the Broadleaf Stonecrop or Spoon-leaved stonecrop, is a perennial, succulent plant.

It is prized for its rosette-like growth habit, spatula-shaped leaves, and bright yellow, star-shaped summer flowers.

It is commonly used for its unique visual interest and drought tolerance. Typically, the plant reaches a height of 3 to 6 inches (7.5 to 15 cm) and will spread out to about 12 inches (30 cm).

Sedum spathulifolium plants
Sedum spathulifolium photograph by brewbooks; CC.

It is very suited for rock gardens, alpine gardens, or for use as a ground cover plant. This Sedum plant thrives in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9.

It is not known to be invasive in the United States, making it a reliable choice for landscape use throughout areas where it can grow in the USA.

How to Grow Sedum spathulifolium in the Garden

When growing Sedum spathulifolium in your garden, plant in a location with full sun to partial shade. It will require a well-draining soil.

While Broadleaf Stonecrop can adapt to different soil types, it will do best in sandy or gravelly soils.

Broadleaf Stonecrop closeup
Broadleaf Stonecrop image by Peter Stevens; CC.

Planting can be done in the spring in position. Once planted, backfill with soil, and then water generously.

Given its succulent nature, Sedum spathulifolium is incredibly drought-tolerant and requires only minimal watering. This trait makes it an excellent choice for xeriscaping or low maintenance gardens.

While it doesn't generally need fertilization, a thin layer of compost in the spring can help boost its growth.

This plant is not typically bothered by pests.

Sedum spathulifolium is a fascinating plant that adds a touch of visual interest to the garden with its rosette-like growth and vibrant flowers.

Its adaptability, resilience, and minimal maintenance requirements make it an attractive option for gardeners.

Its unique aesthetic characteristics and hardiness make it a versatile addition to many garden types, whether as a ground cover or tucked into the crevices of a rock wall.

Cape Blanco cultivar of Sedum spathulifolium showing yellow flowers.
Sedum spathulifolium CV. Cape Blanco image by Rosewoman; CC.

Quick Sedum spathulifolium Growing and Care Guide

Scientific Name: Sedum spathulifolium.

Common Name(s): Broadleaf Stonecrop, Colorado Stonecrop, Spoon-leaved stonecrop.

Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): USDA Zones: 5-9. RHS hardiness H5.

Best Used For / Garden Location: Ground cover, rock gardens, green roofs, and containers.

Plant Details

Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial, succulent.

Plant Height: 4-6 in (10-15 cm).

Plant Spread: 6-12 in (15-30 cm).

Blooms: Summer.

Flower Details: Yellow, star-shaped flowers.

Leaf Foliage: Thick, spoon-shaped, powdery blue-green leaves.

Fruit: Five-valved seed capsules.

Growing Conditions and Location

Best Light Conditions: Full sun to partial shade.

Suitable Soil Types: Well-drained, sandy, or gritty soil.

Sowing, Planting: Plant in spring, space 6-9 in (15-23 cm) apart.

Germination Time: 2-4 weeks if starting from seed.

Propagation: Division or leaf cuttings in spring or early summer.

Plant Care: Drought-tolerant; water sparingly.

Growing in pots and containers: Suitable, ensure good drainage.

Growing as a Houseplant: Suitable with good light, avoid overwatering.

Further Information

Miscellaneous: Attracts butterflies, resistant to deer and drought.

Pests and Diseases: Generally pest-free, can suffer from root rot if overwatered.

Common Cultivars / Varieties: 'Cape Blanco' has silvery leaves, 'Purpureum' has purple leaves.

Family: Crassulaceae, the Stonecrop family.

Native: Western North America.

References and Further Reading: RHS Growing Guide; Jepson Herbarium; Oregon State Garden Ecology Lab.

Common Questions

Does Sedum spathulifolium make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, it is an excellent choice for gardens and landscapes. It has beautiful, rosette-shaped leaves that provide a year-round interest. This hardy plant, ideal for rock gardens or borders.

Is Sedum spathulifolium a fragrant plant?

Sedum spathulifolium is not really known for fragrance. Its attractiveness comes from its evergreen, succulent leaves, and yellow summer flowers.

What is the perfect location to grow Broadleaf Stonecrop?

Plants thrive in full sun to part shade. They prefer a well-drained soil. It is a robust and low-maintenance plant, perfect for rock gardens, dry areas, and poor soil areas.

Is Sedum spathulifolium invasive in the USA?

No, it is a native plant to the western regions of North America.

How do I remove Sedum spathulifolium from my garden?

To remove Sedum spathulifolium, carefully pull up the entire plant, including the roots. Because it spreads through cuttings, ensure that no parts are left behind that can potentially regrow.


Broadleaf Stonecrop is a hardy, evergreen succulent. It is ideal for rocky or poor soil conditions when grown under full sun to partial shade conditions. Its rosettes of spoon-shaped leaves add a unique textural element to gardens.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this guide on how to grow Sedum spathulifolium. You may also enjoy the following Sedum growing guides: How to Grow Sedum spurium, Sedum acre, Sedum album, and Woodland Stonecrop plants in the garden.

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