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Widow's Cross, Glade Stonecrop, Widowscross, Lime Stonecrop, Pink Stonecrop - Sedum pulchellum


Family: Crassulaceae - Stonecrop family Genus Common Name: Stonecrop Native Status: NativeDicot Annual Biennial Perennial Herb
Sedum pulchellum - Widow's Cross, Glade Stonecrop, Widowscross, Lime Stonecrop, Pink Stonecrop. Sedum pulchellum is an attractive plant of thin soil on rocky limestone outcrops and glades. It blooms in late spring, to mid-summer in the northern end of its range. It is variably reported to be an annual, biennial, or perennial plant.

Found in:
AL, AR, GA, IL, KS, KY, MO, MS, OH, OK, TN, TX

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Sedum pulchellum

Distribution of Sedum pulchellum in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 14 Dec 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Cedar Glade, Pigeon Mountain East, Walker County, GA Date: 2013-May-11Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Widows Cross branches at the top of the plant into quite attractive star- or cross-shapes. It certainly earns its pulchellum species epithet.
Sedum pulchellum

Site: Cedar Glade, Pigeon Mountain East, Walker County, GA Date: 2013-May-11Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The flowers have pink or white petals. They are usually 4-merous - petals, sepals, stamens, and pistils in multiples of 4, as are most of the flowers in this photo, with 4 petals, 4 sepals, 4 pistils, and 8 stamens. However, notice the central flower - it is 6-merous. Several of the central flowers in plants of this colony had more than 4 petals. This feature may be worthy of further study.
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Sedum pulchellum

Site: Cedar Glade, Pigeon Mountain East, Walker County, GA Date: 2013-May-11Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The leaves of Sedum pulchellum are narrowly cylindrical, and have long spurs clasping the stem. They are about an inch long.
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Sedum pulchellum

Site: Cedar Glade, Pigeon Mountain East, Walker County, GA Date: 2013-May-07Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Widow’s Cross grows up to about a foot tall, although it is usually shorter. The stems, especially the lower stems, may be reddish.
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Sedum pulchellum

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