goldmoss stonecrop

(Sedum acre ssp. acre)

Conservation Status
goldmoss stonecrop
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  IUCN Red List

not listed


NNA - Not applicable

SNA - Not applicable


not listed


Goldmoss stonecrop is an exotic, evergreen, succulent, flowering plant. It is native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. It was introduced, cultivated as an ornamental ground cover, escaped cultivation, and is now naturalized across northern United States and southern Canada. It is uncommon in Minnesota. It is found on beaches, banks of streams and rivers, cemeteries, roadsides, rock outcrops, rock walls, and open disturbed areas. It grows under full sun to light shade in dry areas on calcareous soil. It is drought tolerant and often forms loose or dense mats.

Goldmoss stonecrop is perennial forb that rises from fibrous roots. Non-flowering (vegetative) stems are fleshy, branched, round in cross section, and ¾ to 4 (2 to 10 cm) long. They are hairless and usually green but sometimes become white with age. They do not have a whitish, waxy coating (glaucous). They lie flat on the ground (prostrate) with just the tips curving upwards (ascending). Where a node contacts the ground the stem produces roots. It may separate at this point creating a vegetative offset, a new plant.

Flowering stems are erect or ascending, usually unbranched, and 2 to 4 (5 to 10 cm) long or longer. They do not root at the nodes.

The leaves are alternate, crowded, and densely overlapping. They sometimes appear to be spiraled around the stem. They are stalkless and are attached slightly above the base, producing a pair of minute, pouch-like spurs below the attachment point. They are thick and succulent, elliptic in cross section, 116 to 316 (2 to 5 mm) long or longer, and 132 to (1 to 4 mm) wide. They gradually and only slightly reduce in size as they ascend the stem. The blades are egg-shaped and bluntly pointed at the tip. The upper and lower surfaces are hairless. They are not glaucous. The margins are untoothed. At flowering time the leaves on vegetative stems are often absent, and the lower leaves on flowering stems are usually white, soft, and papery.

The inflorescence is a solitary flower or a branched cluster (cyme) of 2 to 12 flowers at the end of flowering stems.

Each flower is about ½ wide. There are 5 outer floral leaves (sepals), 5 petals, 10 stamens, and 5 carpels, each with a single style. The sepals are green, fleshy, spreading, 116 to (2 to 3 mm) long, oblong egg-shaped, and bluntly pointed at the tip. Like the leaves, they have a pair of minute, pouch-like spurs at the base. The petals are bright yellow, 3 16 to (5 to 9 mm) long, narrowly lance-shaped, and sharply pointed. The stamens have yellow stalks (filaments) and yellow anthers. The filaments are attached at the bases of the petals. The carpels are greenish-yellow.

The fruit is a yellowish, (2.5 to 3.5 mm) long seed capsule (follicle) with many seeds.




Matting: 2 to 11¾ (5 to 30 cm) long


Flower Color


Bright yellow


Similar Species


Stringy stonecrop (Sedum sarmentosum) has much longer stems and much longer leaves. They are mostly in well-spaced whorls of three, not crowded or overlapping.


Dry. Beaches, banks of streams and rivers, cemeteries, roadsides, rock outcrops, rock walls, and open disturbed areas. Full sun to light shade. Calcareous soil.




June to July


Pests and Diseases






Distribution Map



2, 3, 4, 5, 22, 24, 28, 29, 30.




Native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. Introduced, cultivated, and naturalized.





  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (flowering plants)  
  Superorder Saxifraganae  


Saxifragales (saxifrages, stonecrops, and allies)  


Crassulaceae (stonecrop)  
  Subfamily Sempervivoideae  
  Tribe Sedeae  
  Subtribe Sedinae  
  Genus Sedum (stonecrops)  
  Section Sedum  
  Species Sedum acre (goldmoss stonecrop)  





Common Names


biting stonecrop

goldmoss stonecrop

mossy stonecrop














Growing upward at an angle or curving upward from the base.



The female reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of an ovary, styles, and stigmas.



A branched, flat-topped or convex flower cluster in which the terminal flower opens first and the outermost flowers open last.



Narrowly oval, broadest at the middle, narrower at both ends, with the ends being equal.



On plants: The thread-like stalk of a stamen which supports the anther. On Lepidoptera: One of a pair of long, thin, fleshy extensions extending from the thorax, and sometimes also from the abdomen, of a caterpillar.



A dry fruit formed from a single carpel, containing many seeds, that opens at maturity along the seed-bearing seam.



Pale green or bluish gray due to a whitish, powdery or waxy film, as on a plum or a grape.



Laying flat on the ground.



An outer floral leaf, usually green but sometimes colored, at the base of a flower.



Extending nearly horizontal.

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This pops up everywhere on beaches in the summer, but when people ask me what it is, I have to dig to find the name. One thing for sure, I tell them to pull it up.

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Jun 11, 2019

Sedum acre, the goldmoss stonecrop, mossy stonecrop, goldmoss sedum, biting stonecrop and wallpepper, is a perennial flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae.

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Location: Cass County

This pops up everywhere on beaches in the summer, but when people ask me what it is, I have to dig to find the name. One thing for sure, I tell them to pull it up.

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