An introduction to Mexican Sedums

Walker, Colin (2022). An introduction to Mexican Sedums. New Zealand Cactus & Succulent Journal, 75(2) pp. 28–34.


Sedum is a very large genus of Crassulaceae with over 400 species. These are distributed principally in the northern hemisphere in North America and Eurasia with just a few outliers in South America and Africa. There are no sedums native to Australia or New Zealand. The greatest concentration of desirable non-hardy, frost-sensitive species is found in Mexico, home to around 100 species. These exhibit wide biodiversity, ranging from small creeping plants known as stonecrops which are typical of the genus, to large atypical very woody shrubs, 3 m or more tall. Eight species are used to illustrate this range of diversity.

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