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Sierra Stonecrop
Sedum obtusatum
About Sierra Stonecrop (Sedum obtusatum) Nurseries Show All Photos Sedum obtusatum is a species of flowering plant in the stonecrop family known by the common name Sierra stonecrop. It is native to the Sierra Nevada and adjacent high mountain ranges of California, its distribution extending north into Oregon and east into Nevada. It grows in rocky mountain habitat. It is a succulent plant forming basal rosettes of waxy leaves. The leaves are oval or spoon-shaped and up to 3 centimeters long, with smaller ones occurring farther up the stem. The leaves are green to blue-green to red-tinged or all red. The inflorescence is an erect, sometimes flat-topped array of many flowers. The flowers have white petals tinged with green, yellow, or orange. Variety. One variety of this species, var. paradisum, is a very rare plant limited to the Trinity Mountains of California; it is sometimes treated as a species in its own right, the Canyon Creek stonecrop (Sedum paradisum).
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Max. Height
1.2 - 8.4 in (3 - 21.3 cm)

Flower Color
Yellow, White, Orange, Green, Red

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky outcrops

Part Shade

Elevation ?
138' - 13547'

Annual Precip. ?
5.2" - 158.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 5.98"

Coldest Month ?
19.8° F - 54.1° F

Hottest Month ?
38.8° F - 80.8° F

Humidity ?
0.68 vpd - 22.94 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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