Herb: Spearleaf Stonecrop


Latin name: Sedum lanceolatum


Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrop Family)



Medicinal use of Spearleaf Stonecrop:

The plant is laxative. An infusion of the stems, leaves and flowers has been taken to clean out the womb after childbirth.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Perennial

Height:
15 cm
(6 inches)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Open exposed places, usually on rocks or on gravelly or rocky soil from sea-level to the sub-alpine zone.

Edible parts of Spearleaf Stonecrop:

Leaves - raw or cooked.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - surface sow in spring in well-drained soil in a sunny position in a greenhouse. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If sufficient growth is made, it is possible to plant them out during the summer, otherwise keep them in a cold-frame or greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in early summer of the following year. Division is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though is probably best done in spring or early summer. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

Cultivation of Spearleaf Stonecrop:

Open exposed places, usually on rocks or on gravelly or rocky soil from sea-level to the sub-alpine zone.

Known hazards of Sedum lanceolatum:

Although not poisonous, if large quantities of this plant are eaten it can cause a stomach upset.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.