Stonecrop, White

Information on White Stonecrop

Common Name: White Stonecrop
Scientific Name: Sedum album
Irish Name: Grafán bán na gcloch
Family Group: Crassulaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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White Stonecrop could sometimes be confused with:

Stonecrop, English,

This is an evergreen, succulent, mat-forming perennial plant which grows happily on old walls and on stony ground, never reaching much above 15 cm high. It has flat-topped heads of little star-shaped white flowers (6–9 mm across)which bloom from June to September. These flowers are smaller than those of English Stonecrop, while the leaves are shiny and green, sometimes with a tinge of red but are larger than those of English Stonecrop. This is not a native plant but considered to be a garden escape – often planted in rock gardens - and it belongs to the Crassulaceae family. 

I first identified this plant in 1977 growing in Dalkey, Co Dublin and I photographed it in 2009 in Gibletstown, Co Wexford.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

This plant is thought to be the 'House Leek' of Culpeper's Herbal.  In former times it was prepared as a pickle.   

Stonecrop, White
Stonecrop, White
Stonecrop, White
Stonecrop, White