Sedum litoreum (Coastal Stonecrop)

Sedum litoreum (Coastal Stonecrop)

Scientific Name

Sedum litoreum Guss.

Common Names

Coastal Stonecrop, Shore Stonecrop


Sedum annuum subsp. litoreum, Sedum barcense, Sedum marichalii, Sedum rhytidocalyx, Sedum stellatum

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sedum


Sedum litoreum is a small, erect, glabrous, annual succulent, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, usually simple or branched from the base. The leaves are bright green, oblong-elliptic to obovate, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long. The flowers are star-shaped and pale yellow or greenish.


It is grown as an annual plant, so it has no USDA hardiness zone.

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedums, keep in mind that these plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop because many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to ensure further that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant.

For taller varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily, and a new plant will be established in a season or two.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


Sedum litoreum is native to the central and eastern Mediterranean regions.


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Stonecrop (Sedum acre) – Succulent plants

Stonecrop (Sedum acre) is a tufted perennial herb that forms mat-like stands up to 5 to 12 cm (2 to 5 inches) tall. Much of the year the stems are short, semi-prostrate and densely clad in leaves. At the flowering time in June and July, the stems lengthen and are erect, somewhat limp and often pinkish-brown with the leaves further apart. The leaves are alternate, fleshy and shortly cylindrical with a rounded tip. They are also sometimes tinged with red. The starry flowers form a three to six-flowered cyme. The calyx has five fleshy sepals fused at the base, the corolla consists of five regular bright yellow petals, there are ten stamens, a separate gynoecium, and five pistils. The fruit is five united, many-seeded follicles. The leaves contain an acrid fluid that can cause skin rashes.

Scientific Classification:

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sedum

Scientific Name: Sedum acre
Common Names: Goldmoss Stonecrop, Mossy Stonecrop, Biting Stonecrop, Stonecrop, Gold moss Sedum, Wall-Pepper, Wall-Grass

How to grow and maintain Stonecrop (Sedum acre):

It requires full sun to light shade. Two to four hours of afternoon sunlight is best for the plant. South-facing windows are ideal or west, north-facing will not encourage growth.

It grows best in Well-draining, poor soils, sand, rock gardens, and rich garden soil, under a variety of light levels. Use 2 parts potting soil, 2 parts coarse sand, 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite or crushed charcoal.

It Prefers ideal temperature between 65°F – 75°F / 18°C – 25°C during summer. Temperature no lower than 50 °F – 55°F / 10°F – 12.7°C is best. It does best in hotter conditions. Try not to keep the plant outside in freezing temperatures.

Sedum plant needs more water in the spring and summer, but you can allow the topsoil to become slightly dry between each watering. During the winter season, reduce watering.

Fertilize once a month with a diluted liquid fertilizer or use a slow-releasing nitrogen-based fertilizer, during the spring and summer season.

It can be easily propagated by stem and leaf cuttings. you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily. Or Cut off leaves from the stem, let them dry, and then place the cutting into the soil. Keep the potting soil moist until the cutting begins to grow.

Re-pot your plant every year or every two years. As the plant grows, you should move it to a wider pot so the new stems and roots have enough room to develop. Repotting is best done during spring.

Pests and Diseases:
Sedum plant has is no serious pests or diseases issues. Watch for aphids and flies. You can dispose of them by spraying insecticidal soap or neem oil over the foliage.

1. Golden Sedum

Botanical Name: Sedum adolphii

Showcasing yellow-green leaves’ rosettes, it gets a red hue on the leaf margins when exposed to full sun. The starry, white flowers double up the beauty during winter.

2. Coastal Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum litoreum Guss

The fleshy and bright green leaves in an oblong to elliptical shape looks striking in rock gardens. It also grows a bunch of star-like, yellow flowers.

3. Sedum Blue Spruce

Botanical Name: Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’

The needle-like blue-green leaves of this plant adds a timeless charm to landscapes. It is also a great choice for miniature gardens.

4. Tasteless Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum sexangulare

This plant is famous for the unique arrangement of its leaves. Its foliage is arranged in a spiral format that makes it look spectacular.

5. Nevius Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum nevii

This ground-hugging succulent is an excellent substitute for flowering plants in gardens. Its gray-green leaves have pointy ends.

6. Mossy Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum lydium

The green leaves of the plant turn coppery-red during autumn and display a wonderful mix of colors. It also grows beautiful white flowers on the stem tips.

7. VooDoo Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’

Its leaves change their color from bright green to burgundy in winters. The plant blooms attractive magenta-pink flowers too.

8. Spurium Dragon Blood

Botanical Name: Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’

Famous for its variable shades, its green leaves turn burgundy in summer and twirl to deep-red during the falls. This sedum adds a lot of colors to yards.

9. Mocinianum

Botanical Name: Sedum mocinianum

A fuzzy cover of white hair all across the plumpy leaves set this sedum variety apart. This mat-forming succulent resembles the hairy cushion from a distance.

10. Golden Japanese Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’

The sedum has rounded leaves in a brilliant golden shade that gets a pink tone in full sun. Grow it along the garden path in the garden for a spectacular visual.

11. Burro’s Tail

Botanical Name: Sedum morganianum

The cascading stems, trailing from the hanging pots, adds a wow factor. The color of the fleshy leaves may vary from gray-green to blue-green depending on sun exposure.

12. Booleanum

Botanical Name: Sedum booleanum

This low-growing, bushy stonecrop displays an array of needle-like leaves on upright stems. The plant grows cherry-red flowers during summers.

13. Pacific Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum divergens

The chubby leaves of this sedum are initially green but develop an orange-red hue in the full sun that pair well with the starry yellow flowers.

14. Rose Carpet Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum cyaneum ‘Rose Carpet’

The spoon-shaped, blue-green foliage with a snappy red marking gives out an interesting texture to the landscape. It also blooms star-like pink flowers that attract bees and butterflies.

15. Goldmoss Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum acre

The pale green leaves, with complimentary yellow flowers, add a burst of colors to the lawns. You can grow it in garden borders.

16. Giant Jelly Bean

Botanical Name: Sedum lucidum

The glossy, green leaves with a red pigment on the tips make a striking statement at the open places. As the name suggests, its leaves are in the jelly bean shape and look remarkable with white-yellow flowers.

1. Ogon

Botanical Name: Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’

Size: 3-5 inches

USDA Zone: 6a-9b

Also known as ‘Golden Japanese Stonecrop,’ it’s a spreading groundcover having tiny, round-shaped golden foliage. During spring, it grows yellow-green, star-like flowers.

2. Giant Jelly Bean

Botanical Name: Sedum lucidum ‘Obesum’

Size: 18 inches tall

USDA Zone: 9a-11b

This beautiful cultivar has fat, round, glossy green leaves that turn exquisite cherry-red in full sun. The plant also grows star-shaped white flowers.

3. Alice Evans

Botanical Name: Sedum ‘Alice Evans’

Size: 6 inches tall

USDA Zone: 9b-11b

‘Alice Evans’ offers a rosette of thick, green, fleshy pointed leaves, which look like individual flowers. The plant also grows beautiful star-shaped blooms in white color.

4. Mocinianum

Botanical Name: Sedum mocinianum

Size: 12-24 inches

USDA Zone: 9b-11b

It is a perennial succulent with hanging stems and green hairy leaves that are arranged in a tight rosette. During winter, it grows small white flowers.

5. Donkey’s Tail

Botanical Name: Sedum morganianum

Size: 24-36 inches

USDA Zone: 10a-11b

Native to Mexico, this sedum offers erect, pendant-like stems with fleshy blue-green lance-shaped leaves. It closely resembles relative Sedum burrito with long, pointed leaves.

6. Firestorm

Botanical Name: Sedum adolphi ‘Firestorm’

Size: 8-10 inches

USDA Zone: 10a-11b

‘Firestorm’ is an attractive low-growing sedum with trailing stems and yellow-green foliage. The leaves form red edges when exposed to cool temperatures or bright light.

7. Integrifolium

Botanical Name: Sedum integrifolium

Size: 8-14 inches

USDA Zone: 5-8

You can distinguish this plant easily from the other specimens on this list by its broad, flat leaves. The plant grows tall and features purple flowers on top.

8. Humifusum

Botanical Name: Sedum humifusum

Size: 1-3 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-8

A mat-forming succulent, the plant has deep green foliage that takes a wonderful shade of red when exposed to bright sunlight. It is one of the best types of sedums to grow!

9. Morrisonense

Botanical Name: Sedum morrisonense

Size: 4-8 inches

USDA Zone: 5-8

The compact leaves of the plant are tightly packed together, giving it a bushy look. Grows beautiful flowers in a bright shade of yellow.

10. Colorado Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum spathulifolium

Size: 4-6 inches

USDA Zone: 3a-9b

It forms mats of a basal rosette from rhizomes with leaves having a waxy and powdery texture. The flowers have yellow petals and are small in shape.

11. Cape Blanco Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’

Size: 4-5 inches

USDA Zone: 5a-9b

This perennial succulent produces a beautiful mat of thick, powdery grey-green, and purple-tinted leaves. In late summer, the plant grows yellow flowers.

12. Baby Burro’s Tail

Botanical Name: Sedum burrito

Size: 36-48 inches

USDA Zone: 10a-11b

This beautiful succulent has trailing stems with grey-green to blue-green, fleshy bean-shaped leaves. It stems resembles a young donkey’s tail, hence the name.

13. Wormleaf Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum stenopetalum

Size: 8-12 inches

USDA Zone: 5a-9b

This sedum variety has branched stems that form a short rosette and erect yellow flowers with plantlets that fall on the ground, producing new plants.

14. Diffuse Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum diffusum

Size: 7-10 inches

USDA Zone: 7a-9b

This mat-forming sedum displays fleshy, branched rootstock, and short stems with lean green to pink branches packed with alluring blue leaves. The foliage turns pink with time.

15. Versadense

Botanical Name: Sedum versadense

Size: 6-10 inches

USDA Zone: 8a-9b

This sedum is a small succulent shrub featuring decumbent or erect, hairy stems and small fleshy red-cream foliage covered with tiny hairs.

16. Stringy Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum sarmentosum

Size: 10-14 inches

USDA Zone: 3a-9b

This mat-forming sedum features creeping and ascending branched stems with yellow-green fleshy lance-shaped leaves, arranged in loops.

17. Tiny Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum caespitosum

Size: 2-4 inches

USDA Zone: 5-9

This small annual succulent showcases erect, solitary, or branched stems that spread slowly and form a dense mat. Egg-shaped fleshy leaves are green or red depending on light.

18. Mexican Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum mexicanum

Size: 8-12 inches

USDA Zone: 7a-10b

It is a semi-hardy succulent featuring bright green foliage arranged in a whorl around the branched stems with cylindrical leaves. It is one of the best types of sedums to grow!

19. Palmer’s Sedum

Botanical Name: Sedum palmeri

Size: 10-12 inches

USDA Zone: 7a-10b

This beautiful sedum forms a rosette of pale green foliage at the ends of winding stems. Rounded leaves are slightly pointed in shape and take a red-pink hue in intense sunlight.

20. Sedum acre

Botanical Name: Sedum acre

Size: 2-5 inches

USDA Zone: 4-9

Sedum acre displays an eye-catching shade of bright green, finely textured leaves highlighted by yellow blooms during summer.

21. Sedum cauticola

Botanical Name: Sedum cauticola

Size: 2-4 inches

USDA Zone: 5-9

Loved for its silver-blue foliage, this sedum belongs to Japan. The leaves have a shade of gray-green. Come fall and the plant is accentuated by purple-pink flowers.

22. Sedum craigii

Botanical Name: Sedum craigii

Size: 3-6 inches

USDA Zone: 9b-11b

This low-growing sedum showcases flat stems covered in thick and fleshy, finely haired foliage, in an attractive shade of purple-white.

23. Shore Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum litoreum

Size: 6-8 inches

USDA Zone: It’s an annual plant and has no USDA hardiness zone

Also known as Coastal Stonecrop, it is a small, smooth, erect, annual succulent ‘branched from the stem’ variety with oblong bright-green foliage.

24. Sedum confusum

Botanical Name: Sedum confusum

Size: 10-16 inches

USDA Zone: 6b-10b

The glossy and evergreen leaves of this plant make it simple, yet eye-catching. It is a great plant to grow in mild climates where the edges of its leaves get a pink hue in full sun.

25. Alexanderi

Botanical Name: Sedum alexanderi

Size: 12-16 inches

USDA Zone: 9b-11b

Alexanderi is a small shrub that produces light green or yellow leaves. It also grows white flowers with red markings and does well in full sun to moderate shade.

26. Allantoides

Botanical Name: Sedum allantoides

Size: 12-16 inches

USDA Zone: 9b-11b

This pretty sedum variety grows a small shrub with thick, pale blue-green powdery leaves arranged in a rosette. Green-white flowers appear in summers.

27. Red Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum moranense

Size: 6-10 inches

USDA Zone: 5a-9b

This beautiful succulent shrub produces bright green leaves and stems that turn pink in cool climates. If the temperature gets too cold, they take a bright maroon hue.

28. Angelina

Botanical Name: Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Size: 8-10 inches

USDA Zone: 5-10

This low growing succulent has eye-catchy foliage in a brilliant shade of golden-yellow and green, turning into copper-orange in winter. It is one of the best types of sedums to grow!

29. Sea Urchin Sedum

Botanical Name: Sedum lineare ‘Sea Urchin’

Size: 3-6 inches

USDA Zone: 7a-11b

‘Sea Urchin’ is a distinct, slow-growing sedum that produces evergreen foliage. The needle-shaped silver-green leaves are up to 1 inch long and have white margins.

30. Chocolate Ball Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum polytrichoides ‘Chocolate Ball’

Size: 8-12 inches

USDA Zone: 8a-10b

‘Chocolate Ball’ is a mat-forming, low-growing, evergreen, perennial succulent with dense leafy stems. The needled deep green foliage turns dark red-brown in cold climates.

31. Comic Tom

Botanical Name: Sedum commixtum

Size: 10-14 inches

USDA Zone: 8a-10b

This perennial succulent sub-shrub has many stems with lax rosettes. The green-hued leaves turn to purple-red or brown with time. It grows small star-shaped yellow flowers.

32. Spanish Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum hispanicum

Size: 6-10 inches

USDA Zone: 5a-10b

This low-growing perennial succulent has blue-green foliage. As the weather becomes warmer, the leaves turn blue-grey in color.

33. Blue Tears

Botanical Name: Sedum dasyphyllum ‘Major’

Size: 12-16 inches

USDA Zone: 7a-10b

This mound-forming, evergreen perennial has several branching stems and opposite, overlapping, round blue-green leaves. It is one of the best types of sedums to grow!

34. Alpestre

Botanical Name:Sedum alpestre

Size: 4-6 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-9

A low growing specimen, it has bright green foliage with yellow flowers. Grows in a compact form and does well in bright light.

35. Andegavense

Botanical Name: Sedum andegavense

Size: 3-5 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-8

A very compact plant, it grows in dense clusters that look like tiny red balls. Great to grow in a garden or pots, both.

36. Caeruleum

Botanical Name: Sedum caeruleum

Size: 5-10 inches

USDA Zone: 4-8

An annual, its fleshy leaves are oblong in shape and have a tint of red in the right light exposure. Also grows star-shaped, blue flowers.

37. Clavatum

Botanical Name: Sedum clavatum

Size: 4-6 inches

USDA Zone: 5-8

This green sedum variety has pale green leaves with red tips. It also features a compact inflorescence of star-shaped flowers in white color.

38. Commixtum

Botanical Name: Sedum commixtum

Size: 12-16 inches

USDA- Zone: 4a-9

Also famous as the Sedum ‘Comic Tom,’ it’s a perennial with blue-green leaves that take a tint of brown as they age. It also grows small yellow flowers.

39. Obcordatum

Botanical Name: Sedum obcordatum

Size: 2-4 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-9

One of the most gorgeous specimens on this list, the plant will amaze you with its blue-green foliage with a silver sheen. Surely one of the most beautiful types of sedums.

40. Red Wiggle

Botanical Name: Sedum ochroleucum ‘Red Wiggle’

Size: 3-5 inches

USDA Zone: 5-9

With its dense, needle-like foliage, the plant looks spectacular with its light and deep green leaves that have a bright red tip. It also grows yellow star-shaped flowers.

41. Pilosum

Botanical Name: Sedum pilosum

Size: 3-5 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-8

Are you a fan of pink color? This sedum will charm you with its brilliant pink flowers on deep red fleshy rosettes.

42. Jelly Bean

Botanical Name: Sedum rubrotinctum

Size: 1-3 inches

USDA Zone: 5-9

The leaves of the plant bear a resemblance to jelly beans. Its light green foliage gets a red tint when exposed to bright sun.

43. Smallii

Botanical Name: Sedum smallii

Size: 1-2 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-8

The tiny and lump leaves of the plant have a different tint of green, light pink, and faded red. Grows in clusters and great for small pots.

44. Aizoon Stonecrop

Botanical Name: Sedum aizoon

Size: 12-20 Inches

USDA Zone: 5-9

This branchless sedum variety has upright foliage with bright green leaves having toothed margins. It also grows bright yellow flowers.

45. Anglicum

Botanical Name: Sedum anglicum

Size: 2-4 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-8

This stubby succulent has plump and small leaves in grey-green color. When exposed to bright light and dry conditions, the foliage takes a deep tint of red.

46. Atratum

Botanical Name: Sedum atratum

Size: 1-2 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-8

The flowering stems of this sedum variety have fleshy leaves having green and red tint. This super-cute specimen will look great with other succulent varieties.

47. Baleensis

Botanical Name: Sedum baleensis

Size: 4-8 inches

USDA Zone: 5-9

This variety has deeper red to light green pointy leaves, depending on the sunlight exposure. Grows in a dense form.

48. Cockerellii

Botanical Name: Sedum cockerellii

Size: 5-6 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-9

The plant has flat-looking leaves in clusters with pointy ends, which makes them look like flowers. This variety also does well in shade.

49. Cremnophila

Botanical Name: Sedum cremnophila

Size: 7-9 inches

USDA Zone: 5-9

The bronze-green rosettes of this plant are tightly packed together making it look quite spectacular in pots. It looks more beautiful with yellow flowers in summer.

50. Dendroideum

Botanical Name: Sedum dendroideum

Size: 24-48 inches

USDA Zone: 4a-8

Not to be confused with Sedum praealtum, the plant has light green leaves of an unusual shape with bright red edges.

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