Sedum acre (Gold Moss Sedum)
Gold moss sedum is a rock-loving, beautiful groundcover, which also has some edible and medicinal functions.
Common Name: Gold moss sedum (also known as common stonecrop and goldmoss sedum)
Scientific Name: Sedum acre
Plant Family: Crassulaceae
Identification: This plant is succulent and evergreen. Leaves are short, blunt, and conical. Flowers are tiny, yellow, and star shaped.
Meaning of Scientific Name: Sedum stems from sedeo (Latin), meaning to sit and acre refers to the acrid taste
Edible Parts: Leaves are edible, but taste acrid. Sedum acre tolerates harsh conditions and is therefore often a survival plant. Eat with caution, though, as large quantities may upset your stomach. Alternately, dry the leaves and grind into a powder to obtain a pepper-like spice.
**Eat with caution, as some sources say that Sedum acre has some toxicity**
Medicinal Uses: Best used externally, goldmoss sedum can be made into a poultice to treat corns and boils, and potentially rashes and burns. It may also irritate the skin, so use with caution.
Designing with this Plant
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-11
Forest garden layer: Groundcover. Grows in sunny, dry, rocky locations, does not like acidic soil.