Broad-leaved stonecrop – sedum spathulifolium
The broadleaf stonecrop is a small, succulent herb that grows up to 20cm tall and can be found in rocky habitats along the coast and the inland mountains. It is a hardy plant that is drought tolerant and can grow in full sun. The broadleaf stonecrop can be identified by its sage-green to reddish leaves that broaden from the base to the tip. In May to July, bright yellow starry flowers bloom off of the stiff stalks and stand 10 to 15cm above the leaves. The broadleaf stonecrop is easy to take care of and provide nice groundcover.
The First Nations peoples would use the broadleaf stonecrop for the treatment of cross babies and constipation. Other uses include making a poultice to treat wounds and stop bleeding.
Height: 0.2 m
Other Uses: N
Sun: Full sun
Usually found at: Rocky habitats along the coast and inland mountains
Pollinators & wildlife: Nectar from flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Ornamental: Yellow, starry flowers adorn the thick waxy leaves, and provide nice groundcover.
Leaves: Leaves are 1-2 cm long, broadening from base to tip, creating a rosette. Each rosette is 2-4 cm in diameter and consists of about 15 leaves, ranging from grey-green to dark-red in colour.
Flowers: Clusters of yellow, star-shaped flowers arise in May – July on a 10-15 cm long stock.
First Nations uses: First Nations peoples would use the broadleaf stonecrop for the treatment of cross babies and constipation. Other uses include making a poultice to treat wounds and stop bleeding.