Flower of the Day: Wild Stonecrop


aka woodland stonecrop
Sedum ternatum




I’ve written about this plant before, but it’s a favorite and blooming now.  Wild stonecrop is native to Eastern US woodlands.  It likes to sprawl across rocks where there is a little bit of soil or leaf mould, and stands no more than eight inches tall.


The inflorescence typically has about a dozen flowers on three branches.

This flower is about 1/4 inch across, and consists of four green sepals, four white petals, eight stamens with purplish anthers, and four pistils.




You can get a sense of scale from this picture (note the fallen leaf at the lower right).




This particular stand is under a tree alongside a very small stream near the base of a large rock formation.  The sun was just starting to peek over the rocks as I was taking these pictures.

I spent an hour there, in that one location.  Felt like 15 minutes.

2 thoughts on “Flower of the Day: Wild Stonecrop

  1. Pingback: Thick | Elizabeth's Wildflower Blog

  2. Pingback: A Blue Thing; a New Thing | Elizabeth's Wildflower Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.