Sedum ternatum; Crassulaceae
This very low-growing plant is actually a succulent (meaning it has fleshy leaves), a trait that’s found in plants (like cacti) growing in arid conditions. Succulent plants are not too common in the humid environment of the mid-Atlantic states. And because the plant engages in Crassula Acid Metabolism (CAM), it’s quite drought resistant.
I’ve found two patches of wild stonecrop in the Great Falls – Carderock area; one of those patches is at the base of a tree, in deep shade, on a rocky slope that’s cleft by a seasonal streamlet. I guess that while there’s water nearby, the area the stonecrop is growing in probably has very shallow and somewhat dry soil. Talk about micro-habitats!