Native Spotlight: Sedum Ternatum
Guest Blog by Rachel Shaw
Sedum ternatum is an easy to grow shade-loving native groundcover.
|Sedum ternatum in early spring|
One of my favorite groundcovers is Sedum ternatum, native to much of the eastern U.S. This is a small plant, no more than six inches high including the flower stalk, which blooms for a few weeks in April or May in our area. Mine are just coming into bloom now, a little late like many other things this year.
|Sedum ternatum in flower|
This versatile little evergreen plant likes moist conditions and part-shade to shade, but is also reasonably drought tolerant. In my yard it is one of the few things I have been able to grow under the dry shade of a large silver maple on a slope, together with the native Pennsylvania sedge, Carex pensylvanica.
|Sedum ternatum and Carex pensylvanica|
Sedum ternatum is easy to transplant. I’ve put some of mine at the edge of my gravel driveway, where it has filled in nicely, and I’m planning to put some in other spots around the yard. Just keep in mind that it is not the most rapid of spreaders, and as the plants are small, it is probably not the best choice for filling in a large space rapidly. On the other hand, if you decide for whatever reason that you need to take it out, removal is easy. But my guess is that you’ll want to spread it around the yard, not get rid of it!
About the Author
Rachel Shaw focuses on vegetable gardening and growing native plants in her small yard in Rockville, MD. She blogs at http://hummingbirdway.blogspot.com/. This guest blog post is part of a monthly Native Plants series that Rachel will be posting here around the 10th of each month.