Sedum ternatum

Wild Stonecrop


Tray of 32
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NEW!  Wild Stonecrop emerges in early April with maroon leaves and stems creating a fun display through any remaining snow.  The foliage greens up as the warmth of spring sets in.  Tiny white buds line the flowering stems, bursting open into stunning little starbursts.  Rich purple stamens add charming accents above each blossom.  The succulent-style leaves whorl around the stems; these creep and spread over rocks, roots, and hardscape features with ease.  As the plant sprawls into organic territory again, the stems put out rootlets in the soil, continuing the slow but steady ground covering process.  Wild Stonecrop creates dense mats with a foamy appearance when in full bloom.

Sedum ternatum maintains a 4 to 8 inch stature.  This is a hardy species that will tolerate nearly any well-drained soil conditions.  It does particularly well in rocky situations and is naturally found in alkaline and lime-rich territories.  This plant will adjust to whatever sunlight it receives but maintains better form in full or partial sun.  Deep shade will produce lankier, looser mats.  

A plethora of native bees favor Wild Stonecrop.  Consider adding this native species to your garden to support pollinators and local ecosystems.  This native Sedum makes an excellent substitute for introduced groundcovers like Iceplant, Creeping Jenny, and Periwinkle.

Also commonly known as Woods or Woodland Stonecrop, Whorled Stonecrop, and Three-Leaved Stonecrop.

Live Plant Shipping Table

Spring Fall Age/Size
Potted Trays of 32 May/June N/A 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep pots

4 Questions asked on Sedum ternatum

What is the native range for this species?
Hi Sally, check out the native range map for Sedum ternatum, Wild Stonecrop by BONAP: Sedum ternatum County distribution map
Hi, I am wondering if the wild stonecrop will drape over a rock retaining wall if planted at the top?
Hi Kaylee. Chances are pretty good that the Wild Stonecrop will naturally cascade down a retaining wall. Depending on the nooks, crannies, and organic material available along the wall, this sedum may need a little encouragement to direct its growth one way versus another.
If Wild Stonecrop were planted at the front of a bed with Columbine, Bergamot Monarda, and Foxglove Beardtongue, would there be a danger that it could eventually crowd out the other plants? Thanks!
Hi Nancy. Wild Stonecrop is not likely to push out its native neighbors; the species listed should coexist quite nicely.
Is wild stonecrop salt resistant?
Hello Kathryn, This species is quite tolerant of a few things. Sedum ternatum tolerates wet conditions more so then other Sedums. It tolerates air pollution, poor soils and road salts. I hope this helps!


Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds

Dormant Bare Root Plants

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants

3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5" wide x 3.5" deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

US Shipping & Handling Charges

SEED $100.00 and under: $5.00
Retail SEED orders over $100.00 ship free!

Custom seed mixes or discounted seed sales over $100, add 5% of the total seed cost
(for orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required)

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $9.00
over $50.00: 18% of the total plant cost. (For orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required.)

TOOLS and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US).

**We are required to collect state sales tax in certain states. Your state's eligibility and % will be calculated at checkout. MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders picked up at our MN location. Shipping & handling charges are also subject to the sales tax.

Shipping Season

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within 1-3 business days.

BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control.

POTTED PLANTS (Trays of 32/38/50 plugs and 3-packs) typically begin shipping early May and go into June; shipping time is heavily dependent on all the species in your order being well-rooted. If winter-spring greenhouse growing conditions are favorable and all species are well-rooted at once, then we ship by order date (first come, first serve). We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May. Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*We are unable to ship PLANTS (bare root or potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.


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Life Cycle
Sun Exposure
Full, Partial, Shade
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
Bloom Time
April, May, June
Bloom Color
Deer Resistant
Highly recommended for home landscaping
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