E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Sedum divergens S. Watson
spreading stonecrop (Pacific stonecrop)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Dave Ingram  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #2665)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a rooting rhizome or stem; mat-forming; stems ascending to erect, branched above, freely rooting, 5-15 cm tall, glabrous.
Stem leaves opposite or nearly so, finely hairy, succulent, oval to broadly egg-shaped, mostly 4-8 mm long on sterile shoots, more oblong on flowering stems.
Inflorescence of tight, terminal, umbrella-shaped clusters with leafy bracts; petals 5, yellow; stamens slightly shorter than the petals.
Follicles, basally fused for 1.5-2 mm then strongly spreading, cream coloured.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rocky cliffs and talus slopes from the lowland to alpine zones; frequent in and W of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, infrequent elsewhere; S to OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Additional Notes

Foliage looks like little copper-red pearls or maybe jelly beans. Yellow flowers in summer. A native, evergreen stonecrop.

Note Author: Gary Lewis, Phoenix Perennials


Ecological Framework for Sedum divergens

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 800 1600 2240
Slope Gradient (%) 0 52 120
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
2 166 355
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(5), BAFA(7), cma(4), ESSF(30), ICH(6), IDF(1), IMA(1), MH(7), MS(7), SBS(2), SWB(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Amerosedum divergens (S. Watson) A. Löve & D. Löve

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