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Sedum rupicola
cliff stonecrop, curved-leaf stonecrop

Distribution: Occurring in the Cascades Range in Washington, where endemic.

Habitat: Open, exposed places, usually on rocks or in gravelly soil, at moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous perennial from rhizomes, with numerous sterile shoots and basal rosettes, the flowering stems 5-20 cm. tall.


Leaves alternate, ovoid to ellipsoid, slightly flattened, 4-9 mm. long, incurved, mostly deciduous by flowering time.


Flowers mostly in compact cymes; sepals 5, triangular-lanceolate, 2-3.5 mm. long; petals 5, yellow, distinct, lanceolate and pointed, 6-7 mm. long; stamens 10, spreading, about 2 mm. shorter than the petals, 5 attached to the base of the petals.


Follicles 5, erect, united at the base, each with a small gland at the base, and tipped by the erect or divergent, tapered style.

Accepted Name:
Sedum rupicola G.N. Jones
Publication: Res. Stud. State Coll. Wash. 2: 125. 1931.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Sedum lanceolatum Torr. var. rupicola (G.N. Jones) C.L. Hitchc., orthographic variant
Sedum lanceolatum Torr. var. rupicolum (Jones) Hitchc. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sedum rupicola in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Sedum rupicola checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Sedum rupicola atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sedum rupicola photos.

USDA Plants: Sedum rupicola information.

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