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Sedum sexangulare (watch chain stonecrop)

Sedum sexangulare

watch chain stonecrop or tasteless stonecrop

A quick-spreading groundcover that turns shades of rose and copper in the sun, creating a tapestry of color that bursts in to brilliant yellow bloom in mid-summer. Often used on green roofs, it is highly adaptable and thrives in any sunny location. Tough and easy to grow. The species name is derived from its little leaves that appear in six spiral rows.

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6-10 Inches


10-12 Inches


10-12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

watch chain stonecrop Interesting Notes

If only all plants were as easy to grow as Sedums, then gardeners would clothe the suburbs in unbroken chains of color and life. They pack considerable water reserves in their succulent, spongy leaves, which not only helps them in times of drought, but also makes them exceptionally easy to root from cuttings broken off the plants in summer and stuck anywhere you want a new plant to grow. Some of the small creeping species can even be crumbled up and cast about like seeds. They will sprout up quickly as a thick groundcover -- what a heady feeling that can be for the underconfident gardener. There are several thick-crowned, clumping Sedums in our flora, and a number of the low, creeping types that fill in spaces between larger plants or crevices in rocks or cliffs. They all produce broccoli-shaped or flat-spreading flower heads with upward-facing, starry-crystalline blooms that must be tireless nectar producers, for the flowers are covered with satisfied insects. They seem especially attractive to hoverflies, whose larvae are important aphid predators in the garden. Many of the creeping types are evergreen or semievergreen, with leaves of many shapes, sizes and colors. They make adaptable low groundcovers for the rock garden, ledge, or between paving stones. - William Cullina, The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers, p. 188

Sedum sexangulare Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun and average to dry soil with good drainage. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Drought tolerant.

Good Substitutions

stonecrop Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'
stonecrop Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'
stonecrop Sedum spurium 'John Creech'
stonecrop Sedum floriferum 'Weihenstephaner Gold'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type