Biting Stonecrop - Sedum acre


Low, hairless plant forming yellowish green mats, the pale green shoots having a peppery taste. Leaves 3 to 6 mm oval-cylindrical. Flowers bright yellow, 10 to 12 mm five parted in small clusters.

Similar Species

Sedum sexangulare is similar, but has not been recorded in VC55; it has cylindrical leaves, not ovoid.

Identification difficulty

Roadsides, footpaths and stony places, old walls.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

Perennial and evergreen - Sometimes a garden escape but also established as a roadside plant in parts of our area.

UK Status

Fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 135 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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