Sedum nussbaumerianum (Coppertone Stonecrop)

Scientific Name

Sedum nussbaumerianum Bitter

Common Names

Coppertone Stonecrop, Nussbaumer's Sedum

Scientific Classification

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


Color: Pure white
Bloom Time: Late winter to spring


Sedum nussbaumerianum is a low-growing perennial subshrub, up to 8 inches 20 cm) tall, with reddish-brown stems that hold elongating up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide rosettes of yellow-green to coppery-red, rounded, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long leaves pointed at tips. The flowers are small, pure white, star-shaped, and fragrant.

Sedum nussbaumerianum - Coppertone Stonecrop
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USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedum, keep in mind that Sedum 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, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the Sedum on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the Sedum 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 Sedum varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. See more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


Native to Mexico.


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