Sedum rosea

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCrassulaceaeSedumSedum rosea


A rhizomatous perennial herb which grows on sea-cliffs and in mountains in rock crevices and on moist rock ledges. Very rarely, in W. Ireland, it occurs on coastal limestone pavement. In montane habitats it usually occupies sites which are at least slightly base-enriched. Although descending to sea level in N.W. Britain and Ireland, it is usually found above 300 m, reaching 1160 m on Ben Lawers (Mid Perth).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Arctic-montane element.

© Pete Stroh

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 2.7

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 12.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1728

Life form information

Height (cm): 35

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 524

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 82

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.41

Weighted Changed Factor: 2

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.