Sedum anglicum, the English stonecrop,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the genus Sedum in the family Crassulaceae.

Sedum anglicum
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Sedum
S. anglicum
Binomial name
Sedum anglicum

Description Edit

Sedum anglicum is a low-growing perennial with stubby, succulent, untoothed, alternate leaves. These are often greyish-green, and may turn pink in dry conditions. The flowers are short-stalked and star-like, white (sometimes tinged pink), with ten contrasting stamens and five carpels. The fruits are red.[2]

Distribution and habitat Edit

Sedum anglicum occurs in western Europe, including Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Portugal and Spain.[1] It is usually found on dry rocks, walls and sand dunes, often near the sea.[3] It prefers thin, acidic soils and thrives in rock crevices and on cliffs, and also grows inland on walls and hedge banks.[4] In Great Britain, it is much more common in the west of the country than in the east.[5]

References Edit

  1. ^ David Chapman (2008). Exploring the Cornish Coast. Penzance: Alison Hodge. p. 105. ISBN 9780906720561.
  2. ^ McClintock, D, and R.S.R. Fitter. The Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers. Collins, London
  3. ^ Flora of Northern Ireland
  4. ^ Sedum anglicum
  5. ^ BSBI Maps Scheme