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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Pronounced: SEE-dum or-reh-GAH-num
Northwest North America.
Sunset zones: 2-9, 14-24.
USDA zones: 6 - 10.
Height: 4 inches (10 cm).
Numerous yellow flowers united on top of flowering stems.
Succulent, fleshy green leaves that turn bronze to red colors in the fall.
Full sun to partial shade.
Dry, rocky, well-drained soil.
Short stem pieces root readily in garden soil.
Divide in spring.
Rainy Side Notes
As with all sedums, the leaves are edible if eaten in moderation. Eat too much and it can cause headaches or other problems. Makah women used to eat the leaves to promote menstruation.
I have seen our native sedum growing on big boulders next to our ocean beaches, or on sheer rock cliffs where you wouldn't even know there was soil to be found. Drought tolerant in our maritime climate, these can be tucked into crannies in rock walls, edges of pavers (no foot traffic), and rock gardens. It is an easy Northwest native to grow in full sun and any well-drained soil.
Photographed in author's garden.