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

Sedum spathulifolium Hook.
broad-leaved stonecrop (broadleaf stonecrop)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a stout rhizome and rootstock; stems ascending to erect, several, branched above, 5-22 cm tall, glabrous and glaucous.
Basal leaves in a rosette; stem leaves alternate, oblong to spoon-shaped or wedge-shaped, 0.5-2.5 cm long, succulent, flattened, broadest above the midlength and tapered to the base, strongly crowded, pale green to reddish in full sun, glaucous.
Inflorescence of terminal, flat-topped umbrella-shaped clusters; petals 5, bright yellow, 7-10 mm long, narrowly oblong-lanceolate but not long-pointed.
Follicles, erect but strongly spreading.
Two weakly separated varieties occur in BC:

1. Rosette leaves lightly glaucous..................... var. spathulifolium.

1. Rosette leaves strongly glaucous.................... var. pruinosum (Britt.) Boivin

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic coastal cliffs and forest openings in the lowland and montane zones; common in SW BC, known only from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Sedum spathulifolium

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) 0 288 1990
Slope Gradient (%) 5 57 120
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
23 28 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 4
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: CDF(21), CWH(3), IDF(2)

Ecological Indicator Information

A very shade-intolerant, submontane to subĀ­alpine, Western North American forb distributed more in the Pacific than the Cordilleran region. Occurs in maritime to submaritime summer-dry cool mesothermal climates on excessively dry to very dry, nitrogem-poor soils; its occurrence decreases with increasing precipitation and continentality. Sparse to sporadic in non-forested communities on very shallow, water-shedding sites (rock outcrops and cliffs). Characteristic of moisture-deficient sites.

SourceIndicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia (Information applies to coastal locations only)


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 cool mesothermal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Sedum spathulifolium var. pruinosum (Britton) B. Boivin

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