Biting stonecrop (Sedum acre)
Biting stonecrop (Sedum acre) is a plant of succulent leaves that can grow up to 10cm tall and wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Biting stonecrop (Sedum acre).
This plant has several common names including: biting stonecrop, wall pepper, bird’s bread, common stonecrop, country pepper, creeping Charlie, creeping Jack, ginger, gold dust, golden moss, Jack of the buttery, love and tangle, prick-madam, pricket, tangle tail, wall moss or wall paper.
This is a evergreen plant that takes to reach full maturity.
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Common name: biting stonecrop, wall pepper, bird’s bread, common stonecrop, country pepper, creeping Charlie, creeping Jack, ginger, gold dust, golden moss, Jack of the buttery, love and tangle, prick-madam, pricket, tangle tail, wall moss, wall paper
Scientific name: Sedum acre
Plant type: Cactus / Succulent
Habit: Mat forming
Height: Up to 10cm
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Chalk, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Moist but well drained, Well drained
Garden type: Coastal, Rock & Gravel Garden, Wildflower meadow, Wildlife Gardens
Cacti and succulent plants are appreciated for their natural charm, mainly for their leaf shapes, but also in some cases for their colorful flowers in spring and summer.
They should be cultivated in areas that mimic the conditions in which they grow in nature, which are usually exposed places with stony and fast-draining soils.
These characteristics make them to be grown in pots.
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Biting stonecrop (Sedum acre), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Biting stonecrop (Sedum acre) is not a demanding plant regarding the type of soil and can grow in chalk, loam or sand.
The chalky soil is pale and contains chunks of calcium-rich rock. It is a fertile and well-draining soil, almost always alkaline.
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
Sandy soil is light, porous and very easy to drain. It is a soil poor in organic matter and nutrients. It is composed of relatively large mineral particles that allow water to drain quickly.
It is not very sensitive to soil acidity or alkalinity and grows well in soils with pH acid, alkaline or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Sedum acre likes to grow in moist but well drained or well drained soils.
Biting stonecrop (Sedum acre) should be grown in full sun places.